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Free Speech, Public Policy and the Technology Industry

Video: Free Speech, Public Policy and the Technology Industry

Across the country, questions about content moderation and the prospect of potential regulatory intervention abound. Exploring these issues through the lens of individual freedoms and protections, R Street Institute examines how current practices are evolving and how proposed changes to policy and law could affect markets and the internet ecosystem as a whole. This discussion, Free Speech, Public Policy and the Technology Industry, is part of R Street's ongoing multistakeholder discussion of content policy issues. R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization.

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Pro-Trump organizers recount the ballots in Maricopa County, Ariz.

Cross-partisan study labels ongoing election audits an 'existential threat'

The continuing efforts to subvert the 2020 election results on behalf of former President Donald Trump, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud, are damaging to democracy and costly to taxpayers, a new report found.

The so-called audits being organized by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists in several battleground states have "severe deficiencies in basic security, accuracy, reliability and transparency," according to a 30-page report, released Thursday.

Rather than being a partisan attempt to attack the audits, this report is the result of a cross-partisan collaboration between the left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice, center-right R Street Institute and nonpartisan Protect Democracy, an anti-authoritarian watchdog.

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President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans went to the Supreme Court in a fight over control of spending related to the Affordable Care Act.

Strengthening the system means putting power over the purse where it belongs

Lautz is a government affairs manager at the National Taxpayers Union, which advocates for fiscally conservative policies. Bydlak directs the budget policy work of the R Street Institute, a center-right think tank.

This is part of a series advocating for parts of legislation soon to be proposed in the House, dubbed the Protecting Our Democracy Act, designed to improve democracy's checks and balances by curbing presidential power.

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