TikTok may be full of funny videos, but the national security review of the app’s Chinese ownership is no laughing matter: The final decision could have significant implications for platform-based data and transactions across the internet.
Not everyone is comfortable with the abundant information and speech enabled by the internet, but a new Washington-based regime that seeks to regulate social media in particular and speech in general would do more harm than good.
Canada’s experience regulating Mobile Virtual Network Operators shows that that structural artifacts on the supply side of mobile markets offer an incomplete picture of market competition. The Federal Communications Commission has done well in evaluating demand side factors as well.
Stian Westlake tells us about the new, dynamic intangible economy that has come about over the past few decades. He also proposes some solutions to skyrocketing housing prices, which often hamper the benefits of these “intangibles.”
The FCC’s examination of the effect of the repeal of net neutrality rules on public safety has sparked renewed discussion about Verizon’s “throttling” of the Satna Clara Fire Department during the 2018 Mendocino wildfire. But those events, however unfortunate, have little to do with net neutrality.
Have a problem with the American way of doing things? Well, there are other options, but Europe’s various flavors of capitalism have an unpleasant aftertaste, judging by their effects on growth and innovation.
While there are many competing factions in the intellectual property sphere, there appears to be broad agreement — and supporting research — that augmenting the resources provided to patent examiners would enhance patent quality.
Carl Benedikt Frey assesses the possible effects of automation on employment and economic growth in both the short and long term, and how that data informed his new book, The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation.
More than two decades ago, Virginia Postrel warned of the coming clash between the “dynamists” and “stasists”. The former live in anticipation of the future, while the latter fear it. In 2017, Postrel chatted with us about the retreat of the dynamists in America.
Given serious concerns related to Huawei and Chinese telecoms equipment, the FCC is right to consider ensuring Universal Service Fund support isn’t used to purchase technology that could threaten US national security.
Critics of “shareholder primacy” and “short-termism” might also be ignoring the evermore important role of intangible investment in the American economy, all the while pretending as though it’s really our businesses that are failing us.