Eli Dourado

Eli Dourado

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

In 2012, Dourado co-created the International Telecommunication Union transparency site WCITLeaks.org and participated in the World Conference on International Telecommunication as a member of the U.S. delegation. Along with WCITLeaks co-creator Jerry Brito, he won an IP3 award from Public Knowledge in 2013 for his contributions on Internet governance.

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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Dec 02, 2013

Mercatus Center research fellow Eli Dourado comments on the news that Amazon.com is looking into using drones to improve delivery times.
Oct 08, 2013

In the wake of the disclosures about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, considerable attention has been focused on the agency’s collaboration with companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google, which according to leaked documents appear to have programmed “back door” encryption weaknesses into popular consumer products and services like Hotmail, iPhones and Android phones.
Sep 18, 2013

In the past week, two senior U.S. officials, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Republican Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.) were quoted as saying the United States should pull funding from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), at least as a last resort, if the U.N. telecommunications body persists in its attempts to regulate the Internet.
Aug 07, 2013

The National Security Agency's surveillance of innocent Americans without a warrant is illegal and unconstitutional. In a narrowly defeated amendment, congressman Justin Amash (a Michigan Republican) and a bipartisan group of over 200 members of Congress recently voted to defund the NSA's warrantless spying on US citizens. But obscured by the debate over domestic spying is the fact that virtually no one in theUnited States is questioning the NSA's total surveillance of the rest of the world.
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