Will Thibeau

Will Thibeau is a policy analyst in the Tech Policy Center at The Heritage Foundation. In this role, Will drives policy research and recommendations related to “Big Tech.” Topics for public engagement include antitrust action, data privacy, and free discourse policies.

Before joining Heritage, Will worked at The American Conservative (TAC), where he was senior director of operations. At TAC, he spearheaded two major events, “Up From Chaos” and “Crony Capitalism.” Crony Capitalism, an event with Senator Ron Johnson, was banned across multiple tech platforms.

In addition to this experience with Big Tech censorship, Will brings a wealth of tech knowledge and expertise from his years at Palantir, where he delivered artificial intelligence and machine learning software to the military.

Before Palantir, Will was a U.S. Army Infantry Officer with the 75th Ranger Regiment. As a Ranger, Will deployed in support of the Global War on Terror multiple times.

He possesses a tech skillset that includes DevOps, data management, and IT asset management. He is a graduate of Fordham University.

Will lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Michelle, and their children.

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IP is Not IP: Intellectual Property is Not Industrial Policy, and Why This Matters 

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LeadershIP Hosts Webinar on the DMA and the US Antitrust Bills

On June 30, LeadershIP hosted a webinar titled EU DMA vs. US Legislative Proposals: Lessons and Path Forward, where the discussion focused on the Digital Markets Act (DMA)—the legislation recently adopted by the European Union that imposes obligations and prohibitions on the world’s largest digital platforms such as Apple,
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