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Florida Launches ‘Sandbox’ Program To Boost Startup FinTech Companies

  A limited government think tank in Tallahassee is out with a report that examines how Florida lawmakers can expand ‘regulatory sandboxes’ to boost business innovation in the state. Think of a regulatory sandbox the same way you think of a real sandbox where kids make friends [...]

By |2021-03-04T17:08:45-04:00March 4th, 2021|Press, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Florida Launches ‘Sandbox’ Program To Boost Startup FinTech Companies

Why WallStreetBets and Bitcoiners Got So Excited About GameStop

Some of them like the stock, but all of them think our financial system is broken How perfect is it that GameStop of all things is what is revealing the cracks in our capital markets to the masses? Many of us found ourselves fielding confused communiqués from loved ones about just why [...]

By |2021-02-09T12:17:57-04:00February 9th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Why WallStreetBets and Bitcoiners Got So Excited About GameStop

Expanding Regulatory Sandboxes to Fast-Track Innovation

By Andrea O’Sullivan, Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation, The James Madison Institute Click here to read "Expanding Regulatory Sandboxes to Fast-Track Innovation" As policymakers seek to boost innovation within their borders, forward-looking national and regional governments have embraced “regulatory sandboxes” as a means to afford a market-centered [...]

By |2021-01-28T10:58:02-04:00January 28th, 2021|Publications|Comments Off on Expanding Regulatory Sandboxes to Fast-Track Innovation

What Tech Policies Should We Expect from the Biden Administration?

Some trends to look for over the next four years As the drama of the Trump administration lame duck period fades and the impressive number of troops stationed at our nation's capitol shuffle back to their respective states, the Biden administration is up and running for its first 100 days [...]

By |2021-01-26T12:29:46-04:00January 26th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on What Tech Policies Should We Expect from the Biden Administration?

Money Is Social Media

As I was gathering my notes to review New Money: How Payment Became Social Media in a Google Doc, I was distracted by a ping from my connected Gmail account. Apparently, my Chase Freedom Unlimited card had not yet been upgraded to contactless technology—just wave your card over the terminal, no need [...]

By |2021-01-03T14:58:17-04:00December 24th, 2020|Press|Comments Off on Money Is Social Media

The Massive SolarWinds Hack Won’t Stop the Feds from Wanting All Your Data

Governments often tell their subjects that they must submit to surveillance programs to stay safe. Whether the boogeyman is terrorism, hate, or even health, government snooping on private data often violates our rights to privacy. But surveillance programs are unsafe on their own. Securing major sets of sensitive personal data [...]

By |2021-01-03T14:58:27-04:00December 22nd, 2020|Press|Comments Off on The Massive SolarWinds Hack Won’t Stop the Feds from Wanting All Your Data

Proposed Banking Rule Change Would Upend Oppressive ‘Operation Chokepoint’ Tactics

By: Andrea O'Sullivan December 8, 2020 Financial access can make or break anyone in America. Being cut off from our payment systems is a bit like being unpersoned: Large swathes of the economy are suddenly out of reach while financial futures darken. Controlling financial access is a great way to control [...]

By |2020-12-08T12:13:55-04:00December 8th, 2020|Press|Comments Off on Proposed Banking Rule Change Would Upend Oppressive ‘Operation Chokepoint’ Tactics

Feds Propose Even More Surveillance of Your Banking Habits

By: Andrea O'Sullivan November 17, 2020 It is remarkable just how unremarkable America's massive financial surveillance system has become to most people. Americans were rightly outraged when Edward Snowden revealed the government's widespread spying campaigns on online communications. Yet every day, our financial transactions are subject to similar scrutiny. The programs aren't even secret: you [...]

By |2020-11-17T14:19:22-04:00November 17th, 2020|Press|Comments Off on Feds Propose Even More Surveillance of Your Banking Habits

Surprise: DOJ Is Not a Big Fan of Privacy-Preserving Cryptocurrencies

By: Andrea O'Sullivan October 27, 2020 The Department of Justice has been busy thinking about how to deal with cryptographic technologies. This past month, DOJ has issued two major statements on privacy-preserving tech, one of them an international rallying cry to build government backdoors into secure communications and the other a "clarification" [...]

By |2020-10-27T12:46:47-04:00October 27th, 2020|Press|Comments Off on Surprise: DOJ Is Not a Big Fan of Privacy-Preserving Cryptocurrencies

Big Tech Is Just the Beginning: House Dems Seek Major Changes to Antitrust Law

Last week, Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Antitrust released their much-ballyhooed report on competition in tech to great fanfare. It's a beast of a crie de couer, clocking in at 449 meandering pages of disputations on the power (but not so much the efficacy) of big tech companies. To absolutely no one's surprise, [...]

By |2020-10-13T11:57:34-04:00October 13th, 2020|Press|Comments Off on Big Tech Is Just the Beginning: House Dems Seek Major Changes to Antitrust Law
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