Clare Morell

Policy Analyst

Clare Morell is a Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she works on EPPC’s Big Tech Project. Prior to joining EPPC, Ms. Morell worked in both the White House Counsel’s Office and the Department of Justice, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors.

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Clare Morell is a Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she works on EPPC’s Big Tech Project. Prior to joining EPPC, Ms. Morell worked in both the White House Counsel’s Office and the Department of Justice, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors.

At the Department of Justice, Ms. Morell worked as an Advisor to Attorney General Bill Barr. As part of her work for the Attorney General, she helped oversee the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice and served as Editor of the Commission’s final report. A major focus of the Commission’s report was the challenges that Big Tech’s end-to-end encryption presents to law enforcement for gaining lawful access to crucial intelligence in criminal investigations, like domestic terrorism, as well as human and drug trafficking crimes. Ms. Morell also supported the Attorney General’s work on Section 230 reform as one of his main priorities.

Prior to her role with the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Morell worked on judicial nominations for the White House Counsel’s office and monitored all nominations data to create high-level presentations for briefing White House leadership. From her experience, Ms. Morell brings an intimate knowledge and understanding of how policy is advanced within the Executive Branch of the federal government, particularly in the Department of Justice and the White House.

Ms. Morell has had opinion pieces published in Newsweek, the Washington Examiner, National Review, The Federalist, and the Daily Signal.

Ms. Morell received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. She graduated summa cum laude and received the Edmund A. Walsh Award for academic achievement in international law. She also is proficient in Spanish.

Ms. Morell lives with her husband and son in Washington, D.C.

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On Censorship, Big Tech Has It Both Ways

Clare Morell

Tech companies enjoy the privileges of common carriers without the responsibilities. State antidiscrimination laws are one promising remedy.

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The Wall Street Journal / July 30, 2021

Conservatives Agree Big Tech Is a Problem, But Split on the Right Solution

Clare Morell

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Something must be done to stop Big Tech censorship, but what? Here’s how lawmakers differ when it comes to antitrust law, Section 230 reform, and common carrier law.

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The Federalist / July 8, 2021

INTERVIEW: The Right Is Still Divided on Big Tech

Clare Morell

In an interview with National Review’s Sean-Michael Pigeon, [Clare] Morell brings up the issue of antitrust, the real harms presented by tech companies, and the possibilities (and dangers) of bipartisanship on this issue.

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National Review / June 30, 2021

Fathers Matter

Clare Morell

Fathers are essential to the flourishing of our country. Having a father in the home dramatically reduces a myriad of harms….

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National Review Online / June 20, 2021

The PRO-SPEECH Act Is a Creative Solution to Censorship

Clare Morell

The unfair trade practices approach in Senator Wicker’s bill offers a creative path forward to countering Big Tech’s censorship.

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Newsweek / June 16, 2021

Florida Is Moving the Ball Forward Against Big Tech Censorship

Clare Morell

Florida, in its efforts to combat Big Tech’s censorship, is doing exactly what states in our constitutional order are meant to do—experiment with new types of law.

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Newsweek / June 4, 2021

How to Apply Non-Discrimination to Digital Platforms via Common Carriage

Clare Morell

The content moderation decisions of the dominant Big Tech conglomerates appear to many reasonable observers to be censorship of conservative speech. To remedy this problem, many have recently been looking to the common law doctrine of common carriage—particularly since Justice Clarence Thomas’s recent concurring opinion that highlighted this possible approach.

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Newsweek / May 25, 2021

Pressure on Big Tech from Republicans Is Working

Clare Morell

The chorus of voices on the Hill willing to hold the Silicon Valley giants accountable is only growing. The good news is that the new approach is working.

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Washington Examiner / April 25, 2021

Five Key Takeaways from Thursday’s Big Tech Hearing

Clare Morell

Last Thursday’s hearing was a good first step, but Congress must keep up the pressure on Silicon Valley and do the hard follow-up work of passing bipartisan legislation to hold it accountable.

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Newsweek / March 30, 2021