Caleb Watney

Director of Innovation Policy

Progressive Policy Institute

Caleb Watney

Director of Innovation Policy

Progressive Policy Institute

Caleb Watney is the Director of Innovation Policy at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). Prior to joining PPI, he was a technology policy associate at the R Street Institute, where he led R Street’s work on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, drones, robotics and medical tech. In this role, he regularly met with policymakers, filed regulatory comments, wrote op-eds and managed the Technology Policy Working Group.

Before joining the R Street Institute, he was a graduate research fellow at the Mercatus Center, working with the Technology Policy Program. He previously worked as a policy research consultant for Uber.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sterling College and his master’s in economics from George Mason University.

Contributions

Tech Roundup Episode 8 – The Future of Facial Recognition

March 26, 2020

In this episode, Matthew Feeney hosts a discussion with Ashkhen Kazaryan and Caleb Watney on the approach regulators might take to the brave new world of facial recognition technology.

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Tech Roundup Episode 7 – Driverless Cars and Artificial Intelligence

January 21, 2020

In this episode, Adam Thierer and Caleb Watney discuss the emerging questions surrounding the progress of driverless car technology and its regulation.

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Executive Agencies’ Effects on Innovation and Consumers under President Trump

December 20, 2019

On December 4, 2019, the Federalist Society’s Triangle Lawyers Chapter, Fox Rothschild LLP, and the Regulatory Transparency Project co-sponsored an event at the Sheraton Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. The event discussed “Executive Agencies’ Effects on Innovation and Consumers under President Trump”.

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Deep Dive Episode 51 – Emerging Tech and Regulation

May 13, 2019

In this episode, leading thinkers from across the emerging tech space discuss the regulatory environment for everything from drones to autonomous vehicles.

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Pepperdine Law Review’s 2019 Symposium: Emerging Technology and Regulation

March 21, 2019

Today’s regulatory landscape presents challenges for public and private entities. Private actors are often faced with conflicting, ambiguous, or altogether absent regulatory frameworks. Is it possible for them to overcome these challenges while delivering the creativity and innovation the marketplace demands? How can government regulators and legislators avoid stifling opportunity, function more efficiently, and enact and enforce sensible and effective regulatory schemes?

Pepperdine Law Review’s 2019 Symposium, in partnership with the Regulatory Transparency Project, explored these vital questions from both the academic and practical perspectives. The third panel of the symposium focused on the potential impact of regulatory policies on emerging technologies.

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Reboot 2018: Can We Still Be Optimistic About the Future of Work?

October 24, 2018

From robots to the gig economy, anxieties are rising about technology’s impact on labor and the future of work. While we may have to overcome significant disruptions and other challenges, are there still good reasons to be optimistic? Our expert panel will discuss the current political and policy landscape.

The Regulatory Transparency Project co-sponsored the Lincoln Network’s Reboot 2018 conference.

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