Short films offering insights into how various regulatory policies impact the lives of Americans.

Telehealth: The Regulatory Frontier

May 27, 2021

In this Fourth Branch video, medical professionals and legal experts examine the debates over the regulation of telehealth.

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Leave a Decent Comment: Section 230 & the Fight for the Future of the Internet

April 22, 2021

In this short film, Former Representative Chris Cox, Senator Ted Cruz, Ashkhen Kazaryan, Rachel Bovard, and Jeff Kosseff explain the history and current issues around Section 230.

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Cutting Through Government Action in COVID-19: Reasonable or Arbitrary?

April 7, 2021

Legal experts and business owners affected by COVID-19 restrictions weigh in on the debate over those restrictions.

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How Do Regulatory Agencies Implement Laws?

March 22, 2021

After a law is passed by Congress, how is it implemented? Susan Dudley explains.

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Food & Free Speech: Debating the Role of Labeling Regulation

November 24, 2020

Though the average grocery shopper would never know it, the proliferation of vegan and non-dairy substitute foods has sparked a fierce debate over how food producers label their products.

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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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The Price of Privacy: A Debate over Corporate Surveillance

September 16, 2020

Data is being collected on each of us every day by the apps that we use, the websites that we visit, and the services we subscribe to. How is this data used by companies and organizations? What is the difference between data security and data privacy? Where should the balance be struck between privacy and the benefits of increased data collection? This video will discuss these questions and more.

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Government Surveillance: The National Security Perspective

May 26, 2020

Many national security experts argue that lawful surveillance activities, such as those authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), are necessary to protect the national security of the United States.

In this Fourth Branch video, Matthew Heiman takes a deep dive into this issue from the national security perspective.

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Big Cities and Zoning: The Search for Affordable Housing

March 31, 2020

Across the country, housing in larger cities is becoming more expensive. Lower and middle-class families are being priced out of many of them. This video tells the story of Seattle residents Kip and Michelle Klemz and discusses the role that zoning regulations, specifically those that limit housing density, play in this trend.

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Government Surveillance: Security v. Liberty?

February 5, 2020

In this Fourth Branch video, Matthew Heiman and Julian Sanchez debate the pros and cons of government surveillance and Faisal Gill, a former Department of Homeland Security official who was surveilled by the federal government beginning in 2006, tells his story.

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