Alan McQuinn

Alan McQuinn
Research Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Alan McQuinn is a research 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

February 14, 2018

A Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) proposal to block access to online piracy expands on successful efforts in other countries while imposing extraordinary safeguards to protect users’ digital rights, ITIF’s Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn write in The Hill Times.

February 3, 2018

If privacy advocates get their way, getting an oil change will involve as much legal paperwork as going to the doctor. As Alan McQuinn writes for The Hill, this is not the future most consumers want.

January 16, 2018

While there is much excitement about autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles hold much more promise over the next decade or so. However, absent proactive public policies, especially to enable infrastructure to “talk” to vehicles, the development and adoption of connected vehicles will be suboptimal.

January 12, 2018

The growing use of artificial intelligence actually increases the potential for protecting consumers' privacy by reducing the number of humans who see their personal information.

November 27, 2017

A year after ITIF first collected data on the most popular federal websites, more than nine out of 10 continue to fall short of government and industry standards for design and development.

October 6, 2017

The overwhelming evidence shows that in most cases opt out rules for data collection and sharing are better for innovation and productivity while still protecting privacy.

August 25, 2017

It is increasingly common at the border for federal agents to demand that U.S. citizens hand over their smartphones and security passwords. Congress should step in and ensure these devices are subject to a higher level of legal protection.

August 21, 2017

Hasty policymaking around emerging technologies such as delivery robots is self-defeating, argues Alan McQuinn in StateScoop.

July 24, 2017

Current legal processes and treaties to allow law enforcement access to data stored abroad are woefully out of date and needlessly complex. No nation can solve this problem alone, but the United States can and should lead the way on needed reforms. This report proposes a path forward.

May 3, 2017

In Innovation Files, Alan McQuinn tests legislative branch websites to see how well they scored on a set of metrics.

April 25, 2017

When Congress overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s new privacy regulations last month, online activists falsely claimed that Internet service providers would now sell individual customers’ personal browsing history, Social Security numbers, and health information to advertisers, writes Alan McQuinn in Morning Consult.

March 31, 2017

In Innovation Files, Alan McQuinn explores the tool ITIF used in a recent report to evaluate DNSSEC and offers additional details about the results.

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.