This week’s alumni interview is with tech policy wonk and writer Rachel Chiu. She is currently working as a Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Economic Department on tech antitrust. Rachel is also a Visiting Fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and a Policy Fellow at The Committee for Justice.
Rachel Chiu Interview
You’ve established yourself as a tech policy expert and are currently working at the Cato Institute’s Economic Department on tech antitrust. Tell us about your career path.
After graduating from college, I worked with a small team to improve conditions during startup fundraising. We facilitated the creation of external anti-harassment and nondiscrimination policies, in addition to clear reporting channels.
I joined the Cato Institute in 2020 as a Research Associate for the Project on Emerging Technologies. In this role, I contributed to original research and supported the Project’s expansive portfolio. My focus is now on competition policy and its impact on technology and innovation.
You’ve been published in a multitude of outlets on a range of tech issues including the gig economy, antitrust, and content moderation. Which tech issue do you think is most misunderstood by the media?
The media — and legislators from both sides of the aisle — misunderstand the implications of using antitrust in “proactive” ways. Antitrust is a powerful tool that enables the government to distort and shape the marketplace while doling out benefits to select companies at the expense of disfavored ones. This is not how the free market ought to function. I’d like to see a cautious approach to antitrust reform, especially as it pertains to technology companies and their ability to operate.
How did Young Voices help you become a more well-rounded person and writer?
Joining Young Voices has been one of the best decisions of my professional career. The staff have taught me the art of op-ed writing — and not just in a technical sense. They have pushed me to delve deeper into my areas of focus and learn how the topics I care about impact others. Writing has become an investigatory process for me. It is both research-oriented and community-based. Because of Young Voices, I have the unique ability to comment on issues in ways that substantially impact policy discussions.
You’re a prolific writer who has been published in USA Today, National Review, and City AM among other outlets. What’s your advice for aspiring pro-liberty writers?
Pro-liberty writers have a challenging task since our opinions rarely fall within the popular view. Consequently, it is even more important to be authentic, honest, and intensely focused on the facts. Op-eds written from a place of sincerity and genuine interest have inherent merit, even when standing alone against the fiercest criticism.
Which published works or media appearances Young Voices placed for you are you most proud of?
My articles in City A.M., a London-based newspaper, are some of my favorites. The caliber of commentary in their opinion section is very high; I never tire of seeing my name next to bright thinkers. It is also a fun experience to compare US and UK tech policy issues!
You’re still early in your career and you’ve already covered a lot of ground! You’ve been Head of Policy at #MovingForward, a Research Associate at Cato, a Policy Fellow at the Committee for Justice, and a Visiting Fellow at Independent Women’s Forum. What are your plans for the future and what’s the best way for people to keep up with your work?
I plan to attend law school and continue writing. I post my articles on Twitter (@rachelhchiu) and MuckRack.
Thanks so much to Rachel for her thoughtful answers! Stay tuned for our next alumni interview.