Clare Morell

Senior Policy Analyst

Clare Morell is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs EPPC’s Technology and Human Flourishing 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. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Tech Exit: A Manifesto for Freeing Our Kids, which will be published by Penguin Random House.

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Clare Morell is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs EPPC’s Technology and Human Flourishing 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. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Tech Exit: A Manifesto for Freeing Our Kids, which will be published by Penguin Random House.

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 the Wall Street JournalFox News, Newsweek, the Washington Examiner, National Review, American Affairs Journal, Deseret News, The Federalist, Public Discourse, WORLD Magazine, the Washington Times, 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 three children in Washington, D.C.

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The Kids Are Not All Right: A Review of Jonathan Haidt’s The Anxious Generation

Clare Morell

If social media is not like sugar, what is it like?

Articles

Public Discourse / April 24, 2024

Age Verification for Porn Sites Is Constitutional — and Necessary

Clare Morell

The Fifth Circuit got it right in its ruling on Texas’s new age-verification law. Other states should take heed.

Articles

National Review / March 24, 2024

Vindication by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Clare Morell

On March 8, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a Texas law requiring age verification…

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PDF / March 15, 2024

EPPC Scholars Sign Joint Letter to State Legislatures Urging Action on Tech Policy

Patrick T. Brown

On February 15, EPPC scholars Patrick T. Brown and Clare Morell signed a joint letter with Brad Wilcox and Michael…

PDF / February 21, 2024

When Protecting Kids Online, Don’t Let Apple and Google Off the Hook

Clare Morell

Smartphones serve as children’s main portals to the internet and social media platforms, and yet they have been unaddressed by any laws to date.

Newsweek / December 12, 2023

Congress needs to protect kids, not Big Tech

Clare Morell

Social media is a threat to our children.

The Hill / November 17, 2023

Making Smartphones and App Stores Safe for Kids: Federal, State, and Industry Measures

Clare Morell

Federal, State, and Industry Measures

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PDF / November 16, 2023

Protecting Kids Online: Model Legislation

Clare Morell

Summary In the past year, four states—Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas—have passed social-media parental-consent laws based on ideas put forward…

PDF / October 17, 2023

The First Amendment Protects Kids From Big Tech

Clare Morell

Requiring parental consent for kids to form accounts with social media does not regulate speech; it regulates contract.

Institute for Family Studies / October 9, 2023

No, Big Tech Doesn’t Have A Right To Speak To Kids Without Their Parent’s Consent

Clare Morell

By treating Arkansas social media law as a restriction on speech in his injunction, Arkansas Judge Timothy Brooks made a key category error.

The Federalist / September 21, 2023

Big Tech Knows That Age Verification Is Necessary

Clare Morell

State legislatures are leading a revolution to transform the experience of the internet, and with it, American childhood.

The Hill / September 7, 2023

Social Media and Harm to Children

Clare Morell

Parents are not enough to protect kids online, and the current legal regime is not up to the task.

EPPC / August 31, 2023