The FAA has interpreted its Model Aircraft rules too narrowly and should not create preemptive or prophylactic rules that limit the innovative technologies that represent the next-generation of model aircraft. Instead, the FAA's rules should mirror established model aircraft community’s voluntary safety criteria. In doing so, the FAA will adhere to Congress’s original intent and facilitate safety among model aircraft users who are experimenting with new technology and innovative aircraft. The FAA should also examine its arbitrary distinction between commercial and recreational unmanned aircraft.
Should Government Regulate Illicit Uses of 3D Printing?
3D printing is an important technology that introduces new risks for public safety and intellectual property rights. Although 3D printing opens up new practical challenges, especially around enforcement, the policy questions for 3D printers are not substantively different than for other technologies. We should promote the technology while also ensuring that we have strong enforcement mechanisms and penalties, both domestically and internationally, to punish bad actors who abuse the technology by producing items that would be illegal regardless of how they were created. This will allow consumers to continue to reap the benefits of the technology while also protecting them from its potential harms.
Government Opportunities to Harness “Big Data”
Better use of data can help government agencies, from city agencies to federal bureaucracies, operate more efficiently, create more transparency, and make more informed decisions. And government can use cloud computing to more efficiently develop online systems that provide anytime, anywhere access to information. However, government officials should do more to spur uses of data. Taking advantage of these opportunities will require federal government leadership, such as the Department of Commerce creating a data policy office to spur data innovation and overcome obstacles to adoption, all the while protecting privacy.