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Blueprint for AmericaFeatured

Redefining Energy Security: Blueprint For America

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. via PolicyEd
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The United States is close to achieving energy independence for the first time in decades, but it should go further to achieve energy security.

In the News

Give Control Back To Your Users, Scholars Tell Facebook

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Telecoms
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

In a new position paper, scholars from Oxford and Stanford recommended nine measures Facebook should take to make itself a better forum for free speech and democracy.

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GLASNOST! Nine Ways Facebook Can Make Itself A Better Forum For Free Speech And Democracy

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Reuters Institute
Friday, January 18, 2019

A platform with more than 2.2 billion users, Facebook has found itself at the epicentre of many of the ongoing conversations about digital media, technology policy, and democracy. Following multiple controversies in the past two years, Facebook is seeking to implement much needed processes for self-regulation and governance to help regain the trust of the public, politicians, and regulatory authorities.

American tech giants are fiercely competitive monopolies

by Nicolas Petitvia ESB
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In virtually every country, antitrust agencies and regulators characterize US tech giants as monopolists. The press now refers to them as ‘big tech’, the ‘frightful 5’, or FAANGs (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google). Do they deserve to be vilified as monopolists regulated like public utilities or even broken up?

In the News

What Game Of Thrones Tells Us About Big Tech And Competition

featuring Nicolas Petitvia AEI
Thursday, December 20, 2018

I’ve written previously about the research of competition scholar Nicolas Petit. In his 2016 paper, “Technology Giants, the Moligopoly Hypothesis and Holistic Competition: A Primer,” Petit the argues the Big Tech firms — while currently dominant in their core businesses — engage in considerable “holistic competition” with each other across a variety of industries and areas as they look for the next big thing and try to avoid disruption.

Interviews

The Original Sin Of The Internet - Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Long Now Foundation
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson argues that today’s political polarization echoes the religious polarization of the Reformation. Both were brought about by technological disruption: The printing press, in the case of the Reformation; and the personal computer, the internet, and social media today.
EconomyFeatured

Only In California: Taxing Texting, And Why This Is A Really Flawed Idea

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was scheduled to vote next month on levying a new tax on cell phone texting. Yes, the state that is constantly looking to increase tax revenue thinks it has found a new tax revenue base in our increasing reliance on cell phone texting. The motivation for this proposal is that revenue from voice calls is declining as texting is becoming an increasingly important form of communication, and the CPUC wants to restore at least part of that lost revenue.

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Why It’s Not As Simple As “Breaking Up Big Tech”

by Niall Fergusonvia Prospect Magazine
Friday, December 14, 2018

Is big tech too big? In the past year, interest has grown in the idea that the giants of Silicon Valley have morphed into monopolies. Tim Wu of Columbia Law School argues they should be broken up: Facebook should relinquish Instagram and WhatsApp; Google should give up YouTube and DoubleClick; Amazon should spin off Amazon Web Services. Such arguments have ceased to be the preserve of progressives. Even President Donald Trump is said to have “wondered aloud if there may be any way to go after Amazon with antitrust or competition law.”

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The Divide Between Silicon Valley And Washington Is A National-Security Threat

by Amy Zegart, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia The Atlantic
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Closing the gap between technology leaders and policy makers will require a radically different approach from the defense establishment.

In the News

Google’s China Problem Is America’s China Problem

quoting Larry Diamondvia Bloomberg
Monday, December 10, 2018

The controversy over the company’s ‘Dragonfly’ project is about much more than search results.

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