Regulatory Barriers to Innovation 5-17-2016
Summary: American technological innovation has given birth to entire new segments of economic activity. The sharing economy alone has given rise to a new class of entrepreneurs, where web platforms enable companies like AirBnB and Uber to allow the peer-to-peer sharing of houses, cars ... even lawn mowers. Connectivity and big data is driving the Internet of Things revolution, where ideas once only seen in science fiction movies (think self-driving cars) may soon become an everyday reality. And all of these innovations have been made possible thanks to the Internet, which, until recently, has benefitted from a light regulatory touch. -- Unfortunately, federal and state agencies have not always welcomed innovation and disruption, even when it enhances overall consumer welfare. What can be done to embrace innovation and American leadership? What role should the state and federal governments play as new economies continue to take shape? What role should the FTC play? How will the FCC's current Net Neutrality rules impact growth? These and other issues will be explored. -- This panel was presented during the Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference on May 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. -- Featuring: Mr. Krishna Juvvadi, Senior Counsel, Uber Technologies, Inc.; Mr. Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice; Prof. John O'Neill, Director, School of Hospitality Management, Penn State; and Mr. Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Communications Policy, Intel Corporation. Moderator: Hon. Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission.