Los Angeles Supporter and Friend Dinner

Jul 20, 2016Jul 21, 2016

Technological innovation has exploded over the last two decades. As tech products and services continuously improve and expand, policymakers must weigh the potential benefits with the perceived risks. Will driverless cars cause more accidents, or fewer? What is the best process for approving new medical devices? How should we regulate drones, wearable technology, or ridesharing services?

Mercatus Center research finds that when public policy is shaped by “precautionary principle” reasoning, it poses a serious threat to technological progress, economic entrepreneurialism, and long-run prosperity. By contrast, “permissionless innovation” has been the secret sauce that fueled the success of the Internet and much of the modern tech economy in recent years, and it is set to power the next great industrial revolution—if we let it.

Please join Adam Thierer, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and author of Permissionless Innovation, for a discussion on the ideas that must shape public policy in order to allow innovators to create freely. Attendees will receive a copy of Permissionless Innovation.

This is not a fundraising event, and there is no charge to join us. We are pleased to have you as our guest to show our thanks and appreciation to our donors. Dress is business casual. Please invite friends or associates who might be interested.

To RSVP for this event, please contact Caitlyn Schmidt at (703) 993-4925 or cschmidt@mercatus.gmu.edu.