Featured Events

March 19

Gullible Superpower: U.S. Support for Bogus Foreign Democratic Movements

Gullible Superpower: U.S. Support for Bogus Foreign Democratic Movements

The first few generations of American leaders made a sharp distinction between advancing the legitimate interests of the republic and taking on foreign causes that purported to overthrow tyrannical rule and establish democratic systems based on respect for fundamental rights. Within the last half-century, however, a number of foreign insurgent groups have been able to manipulate U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders into supporting their causes. Sometimes those efforts have even entangled the U.S. military in bloody, unnecessary, and morally dubious wars, as in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

In Gullible Superpower, Cato Senior Fellow Ted Galen Carpenter examines the most prominent cases in which well-meaning Americans have ended up supporting misguided policies. He underscores the need for future U.S. leaders to adopt a policy of skepticism and restraint toward foreign movements that purport to embrace democracy.

Join us Tuesday, March 19, as Carpenter discusses his book, with additional comments by Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest.

February 28

Big Fat Nutrition Policy

Big Fat Nutrition Policy

Nina Teicholz is the investigative journalist who, in her book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, overturned 40 years of official dietary advice and showed that meat, cheese, and butter are nutritious and need not be avoided.

At this event, Ms. Teicholz will tell of her discovery of the systematic distortion of dietary advice by expert scientists, government and big business to the detriment of the health of Americans. She will chronicle the succession of unfortunate discoveries she made, and she will describe how the Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit, bipartisan group which she founded and directs, works to educate policy makers about the need for reform of nutrition policy so that it is evidence-based.

March 1

Who’s Afraid of Big Tech?

Who's Afraid of Big Tech? - Welcome Remarks and Panel 1: Big Brother in Big Tech

Since the 2016 presidential election, the debate over the social role and power of America’s tech giants has intensified. Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google have found themselves on the receiving end of an array of complaints and regulatory proposals.

News of foreign interference in elections and allegations of mismanagement have prompted lawmakers to take action. Executives from the largest and most popular technology companies have been called before congressional committees and accused of being bad stewards of their users’ privacy, failing to properly police their platforms, and engaging in politically motivated censorship. At the same time, companies such as Google and Amazon have been criticized for engaging in monopolistic practices.

Are such criticisms and complaints legitimate? If so, how should regulators respond? The Cato Institute’s upcoming conference, “Who’s Afraid of Big Tech?” will feature policy and industry experts tackling these and other timely questions. We hope that you will join us.




Matthew Feeney, Director, Cato Institute Project on Emerging Technologies


Alec Stapp, Research Fellow, International Center for Law & Economics
Ashkhen Kazaryan, Director of Civil Liberties and Legal Research Fellow, TechFreedom
Lindsey Barrett, Staff Attorney and Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center Institute for Public Representation Communications and Technology Clinic
Moderated by Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

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10:35 - 10:50AM Flash Talk: The Time is Now: A Framework for Comprehensive Privacy Protection and Digital Rights in the United States

Burcu Kilic, Director, Digital Rights Program Public Citizen

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10:50 - 11:00AM Break

11:00AM - 12:15PM PANEL 2: Is Big Tech Too Big?

Matt Stoller, Fellow, Open Markets Institute
Kristian Stout, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Economics
Moderated by Peter Van Doren, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

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12:15 - 1:15PM Lunch

1:20 - 1:35PM Flash Talk: Online Ad Regulation: Necessary or a Danger to Free Speech?

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech

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1:35 - 2:50PM PANEL 3: Free Speech in an Age of Social Media

Corynne McSherry, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Thomas Kadri, Resident Fellow, Yale Information Society Project
Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Lori Moylan, Public Policy Manager at Facebook
Moderated by John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute

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2:50 - 3:50PM Reception

Past Events

March 20

Chevron: Accidental Landmark

Chevron: Accidental Landmark

Featuring Adam White, Assistant Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, and Executive Director, The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State; David Doniger, NRDC Senior Strategic Director of the Climate & Clean Energy Program; and Will Yeatman, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

March 15

Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

Featuring the author Rachel Elise Barkow, Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University; moderated by Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.