Alan McQuinn

Alan McQuinn
Research Assistant
the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Alan McQuinn is a Research Assistant with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research areas include a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, such as cybersecurity, privacy, virtual currencies, e-government, Internet governance, and commercial drones. Prior to joining ITIF, he was a telecommunications fellow for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, an honorary co-chair of ITIF.

Alan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Public Relations and Political Communications, and a Minor in Mandarin Chinese. He spent his final semester at UT as a participant in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. During his time as an Archer Fellow, he interned for the Federal Communications Commission in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Before that, he interned for the City of Austin Public Information Office, where he worked on major city projects related to e-government, transparency, and the rollout of Google Fiber Austin.”

Recent Publications

October 2, 2015

When privacy advocates merely scare consumers away from innovation rather than working to create sensible solutions for integrating useful new technologies into society, they slow the pace of economic and social progress, writes Alan McQuinn in Tech Crunch.

September 16, 2015

While it is certainly important to address salient privacy concerns, policymakers should not let hypothetical fears drive the conversation in ways that unjustly limit commercial uses of drones, writes Alan McQuinn in the Sacramento Bee.

September 11, 2015

Rather than legislating to prevent hypothetical harms, policymakers should intervene when there is clear privacy harm, writes Alan McQuinn in Innovation Files.

September 10, 2015

This report analyzes the stages of public fear that accompany new technologies when privacy advocates make outsized claims that filter through the news media to policymakers and the public.

August 20, 2015

Passing the USA Freedom Act marked an important step forward, but Congress has more work to do to address the unresolved negative impact that surveillance is having on U.S. tech competitiveness, writes Alan McQuinn in Roll Call.

July 15, 2015

Congress should combat nonconsensual distribution of sexually explicit images—commonly referred to as “revenge porn”—by criminalizing the practice and empowering victims to obtain justice.