Erik Telford is Senior Vice President of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. He has previously served as Director of Membership & Online Strategy at Americans for Prosperity, where he founded RightOnline. He serves on the board of Empower Action Group. Follow him on Twitter: @BlameTelford. Views expressed here are his own.


    Stacking the Deck in Fight Over Online Gambling Ban

    After the FCC’s radical decision to regulate the Internet as a public utility through the misuse of a 1934 law, the last thing we need right now is even more government control over the Internet. Yet, that is exactly what Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is attempting to do by proposing legislation that would federally prohibit online gambling. New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada have all recently | Read More »

    Upgrading Privacy Laws For The Digital Age

    Upgrading Privacy Laws For The Digital Age

    When Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in 1986, the Internet was still in its infancy. Google was just an absurdly big number most people had never heard of. And Apple’s Macintosh Plus computer had a whopping 1MB of memory and retailed for $2599.  Back then, if an email had to be sitting in a server for more than 180 days, there was a | Read More »


    When Trial Lawyers, Radical Environmentalists, and Dictators Unite

    In response to a baseless shakedown by an alliance of sleazy trial lawyers, radical environmental groups, and anti-American foreign interests, Chevron’s vice president of public affairs, Stephen Green, took to RealClear Markets to fight back. At the center of this misinformation campaign being perpetrated by left-wing operatives, is a fraudulent lawsuit in Ecuador, which in light of rampant corruption, has been completely delegitimized by U.S. courts and even the mainstream media.

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    Obama’s Government Takeover of WiFi

    At every turn, it seems like the Obama administration has found a new way to insert itself into our everyday lives. And, the administration’s most recent encroachment could impact our quality for years to come. The rapid technological improvements we’ve seen over the last few decades could slow or even stop if the administration and its band of cronies have their way. The prevalence of | Read More »

    Regulating the Internet: Herding Cats

    Politicians often deride comments and opinions they don’t like as “laughable,” but in the case of Free Press’ “Net Neutral-i-Kitty” campaign to promote Net Neutrality through Title II regulation, “laughable” is indeed the appropriate term. Videos of costumed Free Press demonstrators at the FCC this morning are a sad reminder of just how comically terrible Title II is. They may have had 400 cat pictures, | Read More »

    A Step Forward for Privacy, Technology, and Law Enforcement

    Americans were rightfully shocked last June when news broke in The Guardian that the National Security Agency was collecting vast swaths of private information from U.S. citizens, ranging from phone call metadata to personal emails. The situation became much more dire when it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice was wiretapping journalists and seizing their emails. Under the weight of public pressure and Congressional Oversight hearings, President Obama pledged to dial back his Administration’s surveillance policies, but the damage was already done – and any facade of trust between government, the media, and the American public was shattered.

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    The FCC’s Ill-Fated Quest to Make the Internet a Public Utility

    If you logged into your Netflix account last night to binge watch one of your favorite shows, you’ll probably noticed the “wheel of death” icon spinning. That’s because Netflix, along with a number of other popular websites like Etsy, Kickstarter and Foursquare, are trying to make a statement about an impending decision from the Federal Communications Commission to impose net neutrality on broadband provides. Companies | Read More »

    When the MSM goes MIA

    Democrats stunned voters and pundits alike last month when they selected little-known state representative Amanda Curtis to run for U.S. Senate in Montana. As a single-term lawmaker entering the race less than three months out from Election Day, Curtis stands little chance of winning the seat–especially with her well-documented links to communism. Even more shocking is the embrace she has received from national Democrats, and | Read More »

    11 Things Fringe Environmentalists Want to Ban

    Michael Bloomberg made himself known as “America’s Nanny” by trying to ban everything from trans fats to large sodas in New York, but the real paternalistic police in America are the radical greens, who want to take away any product from your life that has even the smallest chance of affecting the environment, no matter how helpful or harmless that product may be. The list | Read More »

    Google Is A Poor Ambassador For The “Open Internet”

    Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman and chief political hobnobber, recently led a  delegation to Cuba to promote “open” Internet access in the repressive communist state. With only about 20 percent of Cubans able to access the Internet, Havana could use the encouragement, but Google is a less-than-ideal ambassador for Internet freedom. Schmidt may talk a good game abroad, but at home, he’s been a willing | Read More »