Big Tech Project

EPPC’s Big Tech Project is dedicated to advancing policy solutions that will hold Big Tech companies accountable for their practices and actions against the interests of the American public. The Project’s primary focus is ending Big Tech’s censorship of conservative voices and speech. Related goals of the project include: 

  • Holding Big Tech companies accountable for illicit and criminal content hosted on their platforms 
  • Highlighting Big Tech companies’ abuses of their market power and potential violations of antitrust law 
  • Advocating Section 230 reform to end Big Tech’s improper use of the immunities Section 230 currently provides them  
  • Exposing the harmful effects that Big Tech’s products and services are having on America’s children 

Big Tech cannot be trusted to regulate itself any longer. EPPC’s Big Tech Project will work with executive-branch officials, members of Congress, and state attorneys general to build a diverse coalition for holding Big Tech companies accountable and developing policy solutions that realign their incentives with the best interests of all Americans. 

EPPC Policy Analyst Clare Morell coordinates the Big Tech Project. Before joining EPPC, 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 presents to law enforcement for gaining lawful access to crucial intelligence in criminal investigations and in hosting and facilitating criminal activity. Ms. Morell also supported the Attorney General’s work on Section 230 reform as one of his main priorities. 



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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

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