Rachel Bovard
Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard is The Federalist’s senior tech columnist and the senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. She has more than a decade of policy experience in Washington and has served in both the House and Senate in various roles, including as a legislative director and policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Mike Lee. She also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation.

Biden Administration Admits To Helping Control What You’re Allowed To Know

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a startling revelation: major social media platforms take direction from the government in deciding what content to suppress, amplify, or remove.

New Tool Unmasks Big Tech’s Social Media Sock Puppets

In 2020 alone, Facebook and Amazon spent more money on lobbyists than did Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing—major players in the defense-industrial complex.

The Texas Supreme Court Just Put A Chink In Section 230’s Armor. Congress Should Finish The Job

In addition to censorship, interpretations of Section 230 have allowed Big Tech to escape accountability for enabling horrendous trafficking.

Lina Khan’s Confirmation As FTC Chair Puts Big Tech On Notice

For years, tech companies have relied on rich lobbying budgets and networks of policy groups to shield them from any consequences. That time is over.

5 New Big Tech Antitrust Bills Are A ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ Moment For Republicans

The ‘techlash’ is finally more than just strongly worded letters, pointed questions with little follow-through, or made-for-YouTube chest-thumping at congressional hearings.

There’s No James Bond To Stop Jeff Bezos From Increasing His Global Power

Amazon’s merger with MGM may not run afoul of our nation’s current antitrust regime, but it is a question for our politics, and our policymakers, whether it should.

John Boehner’s New Book Is Tone-Deaf, Even For Him

Despite some genuinely charming anecdotes, ‘On the House’ proves former GOP Speaker of House John Boehner still just doesn’t get it.

The Democratic Party’s Attack On Senate Norms Is Ramping Up

Senate Democrats intend to erode as many barriers around the reconciliation process as possible. Now, it looks like they’ve cleared the first hurdle.

Dear Kristi Noem: GOP Voters Are Done Supporting Politicians Who Turn On Their Interests

Girls in South Dakota may have to wait for a leader who will resist woke corporate power, but all GOP politicians should learn from Gov. Kristi Noem’s failure.

Leaked Docs Show Obama FTC Gave Google Its Monopoly After Google Execs Helped Obama Get Re-Elected

Leaked documents from the FTC’s 2012 investigation of Google show exactly what is wrong with the state of American antitrust enforcement.

Court Docs Show Facebook Played Much Bigger Part In Capitol Riot Than Parler, Yet No Consequences

If any single platform can be fingered as the favorite of the rioters, it appears to be Facebook. Yet Facebook remains unmolested by app stores and untargeted by opportunistic politicians.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Has Become A Scapegoat For Ruling Class Failures

Party leaders expelling anyone who disagrees as a ‘threat to democracy’ will not end conspiracy theories. It will only encourage them.

It’s Time For Conservatives To Take On Big Tech Tyrants. Here’s How

If conservatives want to preserve access to the online infrastructure of commerce and speech, they’re going to have to break up Big Tech.

How Mitch McConnell Can Preserve The Filibuster And With It A Republican Voice In The Senate

Far from being a helpless minority, Senate Republicans are in a powerful position to leverage their consent for key priorities from their voters.

Donald Trump Has Been The Most Illuminating President In Decades

In all Trump gave us — the good, the bad, the hilarious, and the unsettling — his administration brought much-needed clarity to the GOP and the country.

Twitter Has Too Much Power Over America, And It Needs To End

It’s not enough to kick conservatives off of Twitter. Narrative control is the goal. Any alternative, any other avenue of ‘freer’ speech, must be shut down.

Congress Needs To Take Seriously The House Reports On Big Tech’s Anticompetitive Behavior

That a fair and equitable market in tech is threatened by Big Tech’s dominance is a conclusion that is difficult to dismiss.

It’s Time For Congress To Get Serious About Big Tech’s Threats To Individual Rights

Lawmakers have a duty to protect the American way of life. The upcoming hearing with Big Tech is an opportunity members of Congress can’t afford to waste.

Amazon Is Not Taking Good Care Of The Workers Making Your Life Possible Right Now

Amazon’s reputation as a company that puts profits over people is becoming disturbingly clear in the corporation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Why Google’s New Limits On Third-Party Cookies Are Another Attempt To Control The Web

The plan is a smokescreen for Google to eliminate its competition, engage in monopolistic behavior, and hoard even more personally identifiable data on its users.