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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.

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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.

Analysis and Commentary

John Stossel Returns To His Roots

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, December 10, 2018

Long before he became a libertarian, John Stossel was a consumer reporter on the ABC News. His specialty was reporting on seedy companies. That’s what won him a lot of Emmies.

EconomyFeatured

After Spending $5.4 Billion, California’s Bullet Train Is Still Going Nowhere

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown will leave office next month with a legacy of presiding over one of the biggest public policy failures in the state’s history. The California High-Speed Rail project began in 2008 at an estimated cost of about $39 billion to build high-speed train service between Northern California, Southern California, and the Central Valley. Despite the project having been significantly scaled back, the price tag for the down-sized system is likely approaching $100 billion.

In the News

What’s Behind The Wall Street Journal Management Top 250

with Amit Seru via The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 30, 2018

Of the five dimensions of a company’s performance that make up our Drucker Institute rankings, innovation has stood out from the beginning as the toughest for us to capture. Not that sizing up the other four areas—customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, social responsibility and financial strength—is child’s play.

In the News

'1984' — On Steroids

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Thursday, November 29, 2018

“Big Brother is Watching You.” —George Orwell, 1984 Privacy is dead. It’s death is best described as a homicide committed by tech titans, whose power and wealth are unprecedented, and millions of American accomplices whose insatiable quest to be noticed and validated — epitomized by the now-ubiquitous “like” button — has overcome any sense of foreboding.

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