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Exformation – What Happened to All the Chips?

What happened to all the chips? From the microchips that power the Sony’s PS5 to the smart chips that control autonomous vehicles, in this week’s episode Will and Caden dig into the science and economics behind the chip shortage that’s stalling out the production of entire industries. Resources Infineon, Chip Manufacturing – How are Microchips […]

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Exformation – The Broadband Experiment in the Infrastructure Bill

In this week’s Exformation episode, Will and Caden discuss the Broadband funding provisions detailed in the historic $1 Trillion infrastructure bill that passed the Senate this August. While previous proposals targeted at broadband access and infrastructure were overfunded, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act sent to the House is a better representation of what it […]

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Tech_States: 2021

JW Marriott Grande Lakes Palazzo Ballroom Salon F-G, Lobby Level Monday, August 30th Hosts Will Rinehart Will Rinehart is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity, where he specializes in telecommunication, Internet, and data policy, with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation. Rinehart was formerly the Director of Technology and […]

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Why Capitalists in Space Are Good for Americans’ Future

Nothing quite exposes differing views on innovation than billionaires launching their own rockets into space. As Blue Origin ascended, carrying Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, critics rose up against private space tourism efforts. They repeated all the same slogans as the week before when Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson took a trip. But the harshest critics […]

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Exformation – Killer Acquisitions and Big Tech

In this week’s episode of Exformation, Will and Caden discuss President Biden’s recent executive order on competition and the research on killer acquisitions that have informed the Administration’s approach to tech companies. While policymakers at all levels of government should be concerned about impediments to innovation, a drastic overhaul of antitrust laws isn’t currently needed. […]

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Policy, TFP, and airships

  CGO Senior Fellow Eli Dourado joins Benjamin Reinhardt on the Idea Machines podcast to discuss how the sausage of technology policy is made, the relationship between total factor productivity and technological progress, airships, and more.

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The Eternal Return of Common Carriage

In this week’s episode of Exformation, Will and Caden talk about the latest CGO work on Internet regulation focused on recent proposals to implement common carriage regulation over online speech. As they stand today, social media platforms are innovations in communications technology that have connected us beyond imagination. But outside of Silicon Valley are calls […]

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Utah vs. Google

Will Rinehart joins Boyd Matheson on Inside Sources to discuss the recent lawsuit against google led by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.
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Exformation – Ellysse Dick on Virtual Reality

Elysse Dick from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation joins Will and Caden this week to discuss the policy implications of virtual reality technologies. Show Notes Link to Ellysse’s Bio: [link] Ellysse’s pieces: Current and Potential Uses of AR/VR for Equity and Inclusion [link] Principles and Policies to Unlock the Potential of AR/VR for Equity […]

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Reforming Occupational Licensing in Utah Webinar

In January of this year, Utah Governor Spencer Cox’s revealed his first executive order calling for state agencies to review all professional licensing requirements. Learn more on the process and reforms here. In June, we teamed up with the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis (MEIEQA) at the University of Utah to […]

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