Future Congress is a resource hub for efforts to improve science & technology expertise in the legislative branch.

 

Our missioN

Innovation, both in government and the private sector, requires a well-crafted policy environment that reflects sensible decisions about if, when, and how government should engage. Unfortunately, Congress’s dearth of technological expertise hinders its ability to properly evaluate different policy approaches and their risks. This incentivizes bad policies and prolonged inaction, both of which have negative consequences for America’s economic growth and global competitiveness.

Our elected representatives in Congress need to be capable of engaging in 21st century policymaking and oversight on science and technology. Yet, the last few decades have seen a significant decline in Congress’s capacity to do its job. At the same time, the scope and number of technical policy challenges has increased. We must take steps to reverse this trend.

Our agenda

Congress needs more technical expertise. To accomplish this, we want to strengthen congressional support agencies and committees, reestablish a robust technology assessment office inside the legislative branch (e.g. reviving the Office of Technology Assessment), and improve staffing and human capital. See our resources page for more information, or check out our Wiki at Github.

 

Get involved

Do you work in a relevant civil society, academic or industry organization? Are you interested in helping support this work? Please contact us for more information. We also manage a Google Group, and a Wiki that you can contribute to. Please note that this project is a resource hub and organizing tool; it does not lobby or endorse legislation.

 

partners

We’re working with a bipartisan network of civil society and industry organizations who support our mission to improve science and technology expertise in Congress. Please contact us if your organization is interested in being listed below.

Public interest Groups

Lincoln Network

Demand Progress

TechFreedom

Center for Democracy and Technology

American Library Association

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Code for America

Sunlight Foundation

OpenGov Foundation

FreedomWorks

Innovation Defense Foundation

Longpath

TechCongress

Data for Democracy

Science advocacy groups

Union of Concerned Scientists

Federation of American Scientists

Study of Environmental Arctic Change

Think Tanks

R Street Institute

New America’s Open Technology Institute

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Cicero Institute

Copia Institute

Rainey Center

OSET Institute

Institute for Advancing Prosperity

Academic Centers

Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University

Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Georgia Tech Internet Governance Project

Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law

Stanford Cyber Initiative

UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy

Companies & industry groups

Medium

DuckDuckGo

CompTIA

Association for Computing Machinery – US Technology Policy Committee

Tech:NYC

Engine

PopVox

DotGov

Individuals

Rob Seamans, Associate Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

Ryan Calo, Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law

Iain Murray, Vice President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

David Eaves, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Bruce Schneier, Harvard Kennedy School, and Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society

Robert Cook-Deegan, Professor, Arizona State University

Daniel Sarewitz, Professor, Arizona State University

Eric Goldman, Professor & Co-Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law

Julie Ostrowsky, Research Associate, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota

David Jensen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Richard Forno, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Annemarie Bridy, Allan G. Shepard Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law

Tonya M. Evans, Professor & Chair of IP and Technology Online Programs, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Kathy Wagner Hill, Director, Center for Advanced Governmental Studies Johns Hopkins University

Brendan P. Kelly, Professor of Marine Science, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Robert Friedman, Vice President for Policy, J. Craig Venter Institute

Ross Dakin, Adjunct Lecturer, Computer Science Department, Lehman College (CUNY)

L. Val Giddings, Senior Fellow, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

George W. Kling, Professor, University of Michigan

Christopher T. Hill, Professor of Public Policy and Technology, Emeritus, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Steven E. Plotkin, Argonne Associate, Argonne National Laboratory (Retired)

Alex Howard, Editor, E-PluribusUnum.org

Mahmud Farooque, Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University

Robert H Zakon, Principal, Zakon Group LLC and former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

Jon Peha, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Lorelei Kelly, Senior Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University

Gladys B. White, Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University

Adam Bly, Former Vice President of Data, Spotify

Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy

Affiliations listed for identification purposes.