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Uber’s New Feature: A Response to Fake-Driver Epidemic

– April 25, 2019

If we truly had a fully free market economy, this type of reaction would always be the norm. It is when crony capitalism reigns supreme that we have instances of companies knowingly pushing products that hurt consumers — with the support and blessing of the government.

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How To Defend a Culture of Innovation During the Technopanic

– April 25, 2019

We need a vision and set of principles to fight back against neo-Luddites and their proposals to slow or stop technological change.

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The Radicalization of Modern Tech Criticism

– April 19, 2019

Today’s neo-Luddite tech critics suggest that we should just be content with the tools of the past and slow down the pace of technological innovation to supposedly save us from any number of dystopian futures they predict. If they succeed, it will leave us in a true dystopia.

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Coffee Robots are Not Causing Homeless People to Starve

– April 12, 2019

Does the picture of a huddled mass of homeless people outside a robotic coffee shop suggest the ruins of late-stage capitalism? I think not. It represents instead the “great deal of ruin” policymakers create when they make policy as if the laws of supply and demand are optional.

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Zuckerberg Wants to Regulate the Internet. Here’s Why.

– April 11, 2019

Government regulation isn’t just bad because it ignores the unintended consequences that restrictions produce over time. Regulation is also bad because it invites cronyism.

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What Schumpeter Would Say about Techlash

– April 9, 2019

If Schumpeter were alive today, he’d have two important lessons to teach us about the techlash and why we should be wary of misguided interventions into the Digital Economy.

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This Agency Might Wreck Internet Economics

– March 28, 2019

Social media companies like Facebook obviously want to comply with the law, but they would also like to stay in business. That business depends fundamentally on targeting based on some demographic grounds. If a consistent application of non-discrimination law means that advertising has to become completely random to be compliant, Internet economics will experience the fate of countless public housing units in the past: it will be completely demolished.

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The US Mugging of Huawei Is Truly Dangerous

– March 6, 2019

Translating what is completely mindless, the federal government is ultimately persecuting Huawei for being successful.

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Don’t Blame Technology, Blame Yourself

– February 27, 2019

Every new technology comes with an awkward stage of adoption, during which time people get manipulated and break every kind of rule of propriety until they figure out a better way.

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Why Facebook’s Stablecoin is Good News for Crypto

– January 11, 2019

Technology rarely does what we hope or predict it will do. In a year of falling exchange rates and failed ICOs, Facebook’s co-option of blockchain technology might be the best news for the industry of 2018.

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Remember What the Internet Is All About

– February 9, 2018

Some great minds are remembered mostly for one moment in time, a momentous action or revelatory piece of writing. Such is the case for John Perry Barlow, who died on February 7, 2018. Born in 1947, he was a remarkable visionary, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead who later became a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which defends your rights as a citizen of the digital age. He is the author of the Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.

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Blockchain Technology Could Power Driverless Cars

– July 21, 2017

Blockchain technology could be essential to making the cars of the future run.

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