Ian Adams

Executive Director

International Center for Law & Economics

Ian Adams

Executive Director

International Center for Law & Economics

Ian Adams is Executive Director of the International Center for Law & Economics where he is responsible for strategic planning, programmatic implementation, and organizational growth. Ian’s substantive policy work focuses on the disruptive impact of burgeoning technologies on law and regulation, with a particular concentration on automation and the future of work, privacy and insurance.

Earlier in his career, Ian was Vice President of Policy at TechFreedom. Before that, he worked as Associate Vice President of Government Affairs at the R Street Institute and held staff roles in the California and Oregon state legislatures. Ian is also a public policy attorney at the international law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Ian is a graduate of Seattle University, with bachelor’s degrees in history and philosophy, and received his juris doctor from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the California, District of Columbia, and Illinois bars.

Contributions

Tech Roundup Episode 15 – Rail Automation and Forced Access

March 29, 2022

Experts Ian Adams and Ike Brannon join the podcast to break down recent proposals regarding forced access to railroads.

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Tech Roundup Episode 14 – Telematics in Cars and the Regulation of Auto Insurance

February 24, 2022

Ian Adams joined the podcast to break down the policy aspects of a recent Twitter spat between Elon Musk and California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara.

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Explainer Episode 21 – How is Insurance Regulated?

December 23, 2020

Ian Adams discusses how insurance is regulated in the United States and explains how emerging technologies are poised to disrupt the industry.

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Explainer Episode 18 – Driverless Cars: Balancing Safety and Innovation

November 19, 2020

Ian Adams lays out the current state of driverless car technology and breaks down the decisions federal and state policymakers are facing when it comes to regulating it.

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Driverless Cars: Technology & Regulation

November 19, 2020

In this Fourth Branch video, experts and advocates discuss the regulatory questions raised by the advancement of driverless car technology.

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Explainer Episode 14 – Options for Data Privacy Enforcement

May 22, 2020

How can data privacy enforcement provide clarity for businesses while protecting the public from harm? What might be the best enforcment options available to the FTC and state attorneys general going forward? Jennifer Huddleston and Ian Adams discuss.

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Cyber & Privacy

Tech Roundup Episode 6 – Constitutional Concerns about State Privacy Regulation

January 10, 2020

Do recent state privacy rules, like California’s CCPA, impinge on free speech, violate the dormant commerce clause, or are they preempted by other federal laws? Ian Adams and Jennifer Huddleston Discuss.

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Tech Roundup Episode 3 – The Download on California’s New Privacy Proposal

October 8, 2019

This podcast features a fascinating back-and-forth on the implications of new amendments to California’s privacy law, CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act).

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