Alan McQuinn

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

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

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.

February 25, 2018

In an op-ed for TechCrunch, Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn call on Congress to close a loophole that could allow police to use a Fourth Amendment exception to conduct digital searches of connected cars without warrants.

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.

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.