Eli Dourado

Eli Dourado

  • Director of Technology Policy Program
  • Research Fellow

Eli Dourado is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He specializes in Internet governance, intellectual property, cryptocurrency, Internet security, and the economics of technology. His popular writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign PolicyThe GuardianArs Technica, and Wired, among other outlets.

Dourado is a member of the State Department’s International Telecommunication Advisory Committee and has served on several U.S. delegations to UN treaty and policy conferences. In 2013, he won an IP3 award from Public Knowledge for the creation of WCITLeaks.org, a transparency website focused on the UN’s International Telecommunication Union.

Dourado is a PhD candidate in economics at George Mason University and received his BA in economics and political science from Furman University.

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Feb 05, 2015

FCC Commissioner Wheeler announced his intention to propose new “Net Neutrality” rules this month which will be voted on by the FCC on February 26. The Mercatus Center’s Technology Policy Program scholars have weighed in heavily on this issue, including Public Comment to the FCC, commentary in the press, and a study on mobile Net Neutrality, “Innovations in Mobile Broadband Pricing.” In addition to these resources, below are highlights from Mercatus scholars on Net Neutrality.
By Eli Dourado, Danielle Kehl |
Dec 12, 2014

Right now, technology policy wonks are locked in a bitter dispute about the future of network neutrality. One of us is a technology policy expert who supports President Obama's call for stronger network neutrality regulations. The other is a tech policy expert who thinks it's a terrible idea.
Nov 19, 2014

Incentive pay is not perfect — it isn’t perfect in the private sector, nor would it be perfect in the public sector if my proposal were adopted. The chief virtue of a performance bonus for Congress is that it would be so cost-effective that it wouldn’t need to be perfect.
May 15, 2014

One of the proposals being considered today by the Federal Communications Commission for its proposed "net neutrality" rules is whether to reclassify Internet service providers as Title II services subject to common carrier regulation. Below, Mercatus Center research fellow Eli Dourado in a new blog post explains that reclassificaiton could backfire, particularly with ongoing UN efforts to regulate the Internet.
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