Op-Eds, Blogs & Commentary

May 13, 2022
On May 10, 2022, Senator Josh Hawley introduced the Copyright Clause Restoration Act of 2022, a bill whose sole intent is to deprive Disney of copyright protections in retaliation for the company’s “woke” stance on social issues. This move is petty, unconstitutional, overall bad policymaking, and violates U.S. obligations under the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (WCT). The Senate Judiciary Committee should let this bill die.
May 11, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the current analog processes in the federal government to be insufficient in meeting unpredictable circumstances.
May 11, 2022
The race for global innovation advantage is never over. Korea has performed extremely well in that race over the last two decades. But if it wants to stay near the head of the pack, it needs to keep working at it. Fixing the R&D credit system for large firms is a key way to do that.
May 10, 2022
On March 8, 2022, France enacted updated “sovereignty requirements” as part of a new cybersecurity certification and labeling program known as SecNumCloud. This post analyses how these restrictions breach both France and the European Union’s (EU) commitments under the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), especially as it relates to national treatment, most-favored-nation (MFN), and market access. It also analyzes the implications for transatlantic digital trade and cooperation, including at the Trade and Technology Council (TTC).
May 9, 2022
Gross output, the market value of all goods and services produced by an industry, is a good metric to assess sheer volume of production as well as a means of comparison between industries.
May 9, 2022
Russian aggression in Ukraine means “hunger will haunt the world.” Recent increases in our understanding of biology have given us the most powerful tools we’ve ever had to address the challenges we face. But they are impeded by regulatory policies driven by fear rather than informed by science and experience.
May 8, 2022
Wild salmon are in trouble worldwide. Many Pacific and Atlantic populations have disappeared or declined to record lows. But recent advances in biotechnology can play an important role in conserving wild salmon while simultaneously increasing the availability and quality of farmed salmon—an important and valued food for humans with enormous cultural significance.
May 8, 2022
Biden antitrust is nothing but the Progressives’ agenda to endorse a populist “big is bad” stance and advocating for firms to be trimmed down so that none can ever exercise market power, even if such exercise benefits consumers and promote innovation.
May 5, 2022
Obama showed how easy it is to slip into populist rhetoric. He directed most of the blame at the sophisticated actors actively generating the disinformation, but he also accused social media companies of allowing disinformation to protect their profits.
May 4, 2022
Blaming social media for weakening democracy globally also seems to be an incomplete portrayal that ignores many other factors at play.