Topic: Technology

Consumers Who Want Privacy Are Finally Getting Their Way

– April 28, 2021

“The Internet and the app economy might someday live up to their promise. Rather than invading our personal autonomy, collecting data, and monetizing every aspect of our lives, they might start showing some respect for people. In contrast, if there is one thing that we should have discovered about governments in the last year, it is their lack of responsiveness to evidence, public opinion, science, or anything but their own power over people and their pride in always being right.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker


New York’s Vaccine Passport Program Is Already Failing

– April 6, 2021

“Vaccine passports are inhumane, discriminatory, and will lead America on a direct path to a China-like social credit score system that restricts our unalienable rights. The good news for you New Yorkers is that the Cuomo Administration and IBM are the dream team of incompetence. Excelsior Pass will almost certainly fail, because a legacy governor and a legacy tech outfit are not sophisticated enough to produce a working totalitarian product for their COVID Safety Regime.” ~ Jordan Schatchel


Gift Cards: When Good Products Do Bad Things

– April 2, 2021

“For now, Apple is free to keep providing gift cards as before. Which means that scammers will probably not face additional hurdles to coopting gift cards for extortion payments. As for the rest of us, that means we get to keep enjoying a hassle-free gift card experience.” ~ J.P. Koning


The Right Not to Get Matched

– March 31, 2021

“We all need and deserve tools that we understand and can control. That is why I think we should be really vocal about it and resist technologies that instead of supporting and collaborating with humans, take over and make decisions on their behalf. Pop culture feeds us these scenarios as inevitable. Let’s write different ones in our real lives.” ~ Aleksandra Przegalinska


How to Be an Anti-Authoritarian

– March 30, 2021

“We can choose to be more open in face-to-face conversations arising organically with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. Even in those conversations, the intolerant will ridicule you and blame you for the troubles in the world. Yet your display of genuine curiosity will evoke curiosity in others. Out of your courage to share ideas and with a mutual mindset of curiosity, freedom can be rediscovered.” ~ Barry Brownstein


The Lego Movie Isn’t Really about Freedom

– March 11, 2021

“I might be wrong that The Lego Movie portends a future of one generation of planners replacing another. Maybe it is just a fun cartoon after all. Still, the idea of master builders battling each other over what to make out of the pieces is a chilling one. If you watch it again, just remember that we are the pieces and we are not in charge. Then the movie takes on a completely different caste.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker


A Pro-UBI Talking Point Debunked

– January 29, 2021

“Perhaps the robot apocalypse really will come at some point. Perhaps not. But what is clear is that it hasn’t come yet. Until it does, we should target our aid to Americans in need – not to the entire population.” ~ Nick Buffie


On Richard Epstein on Regulating “Big Tech”

– January 18, 2021

“The chief condition for such competition to remain real and effective is that government not obstruct it. As long as government itself remains neutral and nondiscriminatory, the best protection for consumers and for the polity is the free-market process.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


How Bad is Our Social Dilemma?

– November 25, 2020

“What critics refer to when they say ‘This time is the same’ isn’t that television, newspapers, or cars revolutionized our societies in the exact same way that social media are doing, but that we found ways to deal with them. Live with them. Constrain them. Even if Harris doesn’t seem to think so, we can learn to live with these new technologies.” ~ Joakim Book


An Attempted Media Sandbag: My Experience

– October 10, 2020

I’ve got a day job but try to fit in podcasts and television when possible. I don’t always pay super close attention to what’s coming up on the agenda. So the day I sat down for a quick interview on a Turkish TV show, which turned out to be partisan st …

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TikTok Is Creepy but Consumers Should Be Free to Decide (Video)

– September 28, 2020

“As the US-CHINA battle wages on, TikTok and it’s software shareholders are faced with the decision to sell ownership to the US or be banned from operating. I joined BBC World News to discuss the latest.” ~ Edward Stringham


Edward Snowden Deserves a Pardon

– September 20, 2020

“If President Trump has an ounce of decency, he should promptly pardon Edward Snowden, who at a very young age, with a promising career and his whole life ahead of him, put everything on the line to protect us from the very people who are supposed to be protecting us. Let’s hope that Trump does the right thing.” ~ David S. D’Amato