Leading experts discuss the pros and cons of government regulations and explain how they affect everyday life for Americans.

Tech Roundup Episode 7 – Driverless Cars and Artificial Intelligence

January 21, 2020

In this episode, Adam Thierer and Caleb Watney discuss the emerging questions surrounding the progress of driverless car technology and its regulation.

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Cyber & Privacy

Tech Roundup Episode 6 – Constitutional Concerns about State Privacy Regulation

January 10, 2020

Do recent state privacy rules, like California’s CCPA, impinge on free speech, violate the dormant commerce clause, or are they preempted by other federal laws? Ian Adams and Jennifer Huddleston Discuss.

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Explainer Episode 10 – Did Harvard Admissions Discriminate Against Asians?

December 20, 2019

In Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard, it is alleged that Harvard admissions discriminated against Asians applicants. In this episode, Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Wen Fa discusses the case, the legal context in which the case was brought, and the case’s potential implications.

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Deep Dive Episode 84 – What’s Next for Fannie, Freddie, and Housing Finance Reform?

December 19, 2019

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) oversees the administration of both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. What’s next for the agency? What are the priorities that the agency should be pursuing? This episode features remarks from FHFA Director Mark Calabria and a discussion of the issues with reform by our panelists.

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Tech Roundup Episode 5 – Section 230

December 17, 2019

In this episode, experts discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects platforms from liability for the content produced by users. Some legislators have recently floated the idea of enforcing ‘platform neutrality’ in a way that, according to critics, threatens the sort of free speech Section 230 is meant to protect.

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Explainer Episode 9 – Biometric Information Privacy Act

December 12, 2019

This episode explores the implications of private rights of action under laws like Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. Are the paramaters around these private rights of action too vague and susceptible to abuse? Experts discuss this question and more.

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Explainer Episode 8 – The Community Reinvestment Act

December 5, 2019

Passed in 1977, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was intended to encourage banks and other financial institutions to lend to lower-income individuals in their communities. Has the CRA succeeded in this goal or is there room for improvement? Aaron Klein and Diego Zuluaga weigh in on this important question.

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Deep Dive Episode 83 – Medicare for All

November 26, 2019

In this episode, Roger Klein and Adam Broad debate the merits of the increasingly prominent “Medicare for All” proposal for healthcare. The discussion is moderated by Courtney Hughes.

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Explainer Episode 7 – Carpenter v. United States

November 18, 2019

In this episode, Ashley Baker and Jennifer Huddleston discuss the implications of the famous privacy case, in which the Supreme Court decided that the warrant-less seizure of the plaintiff’s cell phone records violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

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Explainer Episode 6 – Regulating Biometric Access Technologies

November 13, 2019

With emerging debates around facial recognition technology, the issue of regulating biometric access technologies has become more prominent. San Francisco, notably, has banned government use of facial recognition, and states like Illinois and Texas have also begun more aggressive regulations on biometrics. The implications of these technologies and the rules to limit their use with regard to civil liberties are explored and explained in this podcast.

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