A Public Policy Blog from AEI

Blog Post
December 05, 2019
AEIdeas

America doesn’t need an Anti-Tech New Deal to create a safe space for nationalist populism

The Tech New Deal is an attempt to counter existing pro-market, techno-optimist impulses on the right and create an ideological permission structure for massive government intervention to support cultural right-wingers of a certain type.

Blog Post
December 05, 2019
AEIdeas

The TikTok chronicles: Global ambitions and security pitfalls

TikTok’s massive growth poses potential privacy and national security issues, but the ongoing national security investigation into the company must balance these against the US desire for the free flow of data across borders.

Blog Post
December 04, 2019
AEIdeas

Justice Thomas, preemption, and state net neutrality

A recent concurrence from Justice Thomas raises an interesting challenge to the underlying theory of federal preemption of state regulation—but doesn’t threaten the Federal Communication Commission’s current net neutrality policy.

Blog Post
December 03, 2019
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Research shows that blocking mergers improves innovation? Not so fast!

Some researchers have claimed that more tech sector mergers should be blocked because doing so increases innovation, but reality doesn’t align with this theory.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
AEIdeas

Back to a nationalized broadband future in Britain?

Competition in technology and ownership matters, especially in a 5G world. The Labour party’s British Broadband plan would widen the gap between the UK and the leading countries in mobile technology.

Blog Post
November 27, 2019
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5 questions for Enrico Moretti on innovation and cities

Enrico Moretti talks about why innovative businesses tend to “cluster” together in the same cities, and how this has affected jobs in America over the long term. He also touches on what this means for the left-behind areas of the nation.

Blog Post
November 26, 2019
AEIdeas

Here’s how defense R&D affects US productivity growth

It’s not a natural impulse for politicians to highlight tradeoffs. So when we hear Democratic presidential candidates talk about slashing defense spending on the R&D side, it’s worth asking, “But what do we get for our money?”

Blog Post
November 26, 2019
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Highly technical appellate court ruling casts long shadow over Patent Office trials

A recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has raised questions about the future of key US Patent and Trademark Office proceedings, and Congress may need to act to resolve the issue.

Blog Post
November 25, 2019
AEIdeas

How AI is like that other general purpose technology, electricity

We already know from experience that it can take considerable time to fully understand and harness new technologies so that measured productivity increases. Perhaps we are in the midst of a similar situation right now.

Blog Post
November 25, 2019
AEIdeas

Health data goes to Google: How society digests risks and rewards

While the recent publication of Google’s partnership with health care provider Ascension caused a stir over potential medical privacy issues, extensive regulation of health care data sharing already exists. But a system that gives patients more control, directly over their data or via diverse markets and common law remedies, would be better.

Blog Post
November 22, 2019
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If the rate of scientific progress is slowing, America must step up its game

Today, there’s no doubt that continuing technological breakthroughs, invention, and innovation — and thus long-term economic growth — depend on scientific insights. It would sure be worrisome if the rate of discovery slowed.

Blog Post
November 22, 2019
AEIdeas

The Wall Street Journal’s study of Google search bias appears to be biased

Social media companies are caught in an intensely political moment, making it important that journalists be careful not to characterize reasonable business practices as nefarious.

Blog Post
November 22, 2019
AEIdeas

Tech hubs and the labor market: A long-read Q&A with Enrico Moretti

Enrico Moretti talks to us about the effects of housing policy, rent prices, and geographical factors play into what cities make it big in the tech industry, and which areas fall behind.

Blog Post
November 21, 2019
AEIdeas

Zero-sum thinking is no way to compete with China’s tech progress

America doesn’t need more zero-sum thinking. That cramped mindset already infects US trade policy. Keep it away from technology. Unfortunately, dark-house Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang too often suggests a “you win, I lose” perspective.

Blog Post
November 21, 2019
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Attorney General Barr rehashes failed arguments in the encryption debate

The Department of Justice’s renewed push for tech companies to grant law enforcement access to encrypted communications ignores the historical record and expert opinions: Weakening strong encryption would compromise Americans’ cybersecurity and national security.

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