A Public Policy Blog from AEI

Blog Post
November 19, 2019
AEIdeas

Who’s afraid of TikTok — and why?

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.

Blog Post
November 18, 2019
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Facebook, free speech, and the nth estate

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.

Blog Post
November 15, 2019
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Mobile virtual network operators and competition in mobile markets: Lessons from Canada

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.

Blog Post
November 14, 2019
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5 questions for Stian Westlake on how to handle the intangible economy

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.”

Blog Post
November 13, 2019
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What if an older person loses their good-paying job to a robot? Then what?

How do we deal with the threat of technological unemployment, or is there even a threat to worry about? Carl Benedikt Frey has a few observations from history to help answer that question.

Blog Post
November 13, 2019
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One more time: The Verizon-Santa Clara fire dispute has nothing to do with net neutrality

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.

Blog Post
November 12, 2019
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Europe’s tech entrepreneurs tell America: ‘Don’t be like Europe’

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.

Blog Post
November 12, 2019
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Patent quality returns to the fore

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.

Blog Post
November 11, 2019
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The future of employment in an age of automation: A long-read Q&A with Carl Benedikt Frey

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.

Blog Post
November 08, 2019
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The strange irony of hating elites — and then giving elites power to pick winners and losers in the American economy

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.

Blog Post
November 08, 2019
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Will obsolete media regulation keep holding back the future in Brazil?

Brazil’s recent telecom reforms are laudable, but it could stand to learn from how the US has treated its media industry.

Blog Post
November 07, 2019
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The FCC takes the threat from Chinese telecommunications tech head-on (and the rest of the government should too)

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.

Blog Post
November 06, 2019
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While the Senate debates, Apple and the criminal defense bar advance property rights in data

Attempts to legislate property rights in data are misguided. The contours of these rights are already being shaped in the courts and society.

Blog Post
November 05, 2019
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Broken capitalism? What the latest critics of ‘shareholder primacy’ and ‘short-termism’ keep getting wrong

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.

Blog Post
November 05, 2019
AEIdeas

Who needs agriculture and airplanes? The scandalous inhumanity of the anti-technology intelligentsia

As new technologies are developed, they will generate new wealth and possibilities, and also help solve the inevitable imperfections of previous generations.

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