Alan McQuinn

Alan McQuinn
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-524-5549

Alan McQuinn is a senior policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research areas include a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, such as cybersecurity, privacy, virtual currencies, e-government, Internet governance, and commercial drones. He was previously a telecommunications fellow for Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

McQuinn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in public relations and political communications and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. He spent his final semester as a participant in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. During his time as an Archer fellow, he interned for the Federal Communications Commission in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Before that, he interned for the City of Austin Public Information Office, where he worked on major city projects related to e-government, transparency, and the rollout of Google Fiber Austin.

Recent Publications

August 16, 2018

EU policymakers created the GDPR to protect an individual’s right to privacy—a right that they see worth protecting at any cost. However, its creators did nothing to prevent these costs from being levied on non-Europeans. Policymakers around the world should step in to ensure that if Europe wants privacy, it must pay its own bill.

August 16, 2018

As ITIF’s Alan McQuinn and Samuel Hammond of the Niskanen Center write for the Daily Caller, the next generation of supersonic passenger jets is projected to be cleaner, cheaper, and more affordable—helping increase accessibility to every corner of Spaceship Earth.

August 7, 2018

As Alan McQuinn writes for InsideSources, data is not like cash, and enacting laws and regulations based on this misconception would both harm America’s digital economy and consumers.

July 24, 2018

U.S. policymakers should continue down this path to create more permissive and updated rules for SSTs. Only by allowing the technology to achieve lift-off will policymakers be able to spur investment in supersonic technology and improve its efficiency and effectiveness writes David M. Hart in Innovation Files.

July 18, 2018

Policies designed to increase consumer trust in technology would likely weaken the U.S. digital ecosystem and lower consumer welfare, Alan McQuinn and Daniel Castro write for the Washington Examiner.

July 11, 2018

Data protection regulations are often falsely described as means to increase consumer trust, and therefore technology adoption and use. Policymakers should be wary of those making this claim without evidence.

June 11, 2018

Boosting transatlantic cooperation on ICT policy would allow Canada, the EU, and the United States to address global ICT challenges and support their domestic economies by raising productivity.

May 24, 2018

Organizations are scrambling to comply with the GDPR, sending out alerts to shield themselves from liability even though in many cases it’s not necessary. This is emblematic of a core problem: It is a confusing and impractical set of rules to comply with, and it offers consumers little to no benefit.

May 24, 2018

Opponents of facial recognition technology are not arguing for “the right protections” to be put into place. Nor are they trying to have a conversation about what rules or norms should govern its use. Instead, they are demonizing it and trying to stop a company from selling it.

May 16, 2018

The current music licensing system is labyrinthine, often failing to pay artists and publishers fair rates for all their works while also limiting how the digital media platforms that license this music can innovate. Congress is trying to fix that.

April 12, 2018

Putting a nonprofit in charge of a social media platform like Facebook would decrease the security of consumers’ personal data, damage the digital ecosystem, and ultimately lead to less innovation in online services, leaving consumers worse off.

February 26, 2018

In an op-ed for Law360, ITIF’s Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn outline four ways incoming Chairman Joseph Simons can balance the FTC’s consumer protection duties while allowing innovation to proceed apace.

Recent Events and Presentations

March 8, 2017

In a new report, ITIF evaluates nearly 300 of the most popular federal websites, ranks them across a variety of metrics including performance, security, design, and makes recommendations for how the federal government can improve. Join ITIF for a presentation of the report’s findings as well as a panel discussion on how the new administration can improve the federal digital services.

October 18, 2016

Please join ITIF for the release of a new report that will provide an overview of the innovations in financial technology, their impact on consumers and businesses, and the principles that should guide policymakers as they seek to encourage continued innovation in this sector. Following a presentation of the report, a panel of experts will discuss specific policy priorities and opportunities that Congress and the administration should consider to increase innovation in financial services that will better serve consumers, businesses, and investors.