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. He writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, such as cybersecurity, privacy, blockchain, fintech, e-government, Internet governance, intellectual property, and aerospace. 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. 

Recent Publications

October 12, 2018

Congress has taken proactive steps for both drones and supersonic flight with the FAA Reauthorization Act, enabling these U.S. industries to remain competitive and aerospace innovation to proceed apace writes Alan McQuinn in Innovation Files.

September 12, 2018

The lesson for EU policymakers is clear: do not get seduced by the idea that stringent privacy regulation is a shortcut for digital growth. Enacting even stricter data protection rules, such as the pending ePrivacy Regulation, will come with costs that will hurt not only the EU digital ecosystem but also EU digital consumers.

September 9, 2018

As Nigel Cory and Alan McQuinn write in The Hill, the U.S. government should use CLOUD Act agreements to push back on foreign practices that force U.S. firms to store data locally.

August 22, 2018

Americans have made their opinion clear: their privacy concerns are decreasing even without additional privacy laws. The question remains: will policymakers listen?

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 Alan McQuinn 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.

Recent Events and Presentations

September 25, 2018

Alan McQuinn spoke on a panel on supersonic flight at the “Of Rockets and Robotics: The Regulation of Emerging Aerial Technology” event hosted by the Cato Institute. The event explored the market and policy barriers to the return of supersonic flight in the United States.

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.