What Drives Innovation - Permission or Freedom?

Jun 06, 2014Jun 07, 2014
Rayburn House Office Building B-338

Event Speakers

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow

Successful innovation, which is essential to better health, safety and security, requires freedom to experiment and develop.  But there is an array of government rules and processes that increasingly prohibit “permissionless” innovation.

Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Senior Research Fellow Adam Thierer for a Capitol Hill Campus program exploring emerging technologies and the freedom, or lack thereof, to innovate.

This presentation will:

  • Contrast the “precautionary principle” and “permissionless innovation;”
  • Explain how the precautionary principle threatens technological innovation in various sectors (the Internet of Things, wearable technology, health tech, smart cars, private drones, 3D printing, etc); and
  • Outline the benefits of regulating based on the organic and “bottom-up” solutions of permissionless innovation instead of a “top-down,” permission-first approach.

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Van Orden, Event Associate, at cvanorden@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-4925.

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