Mytheos Holt

Mytheos Holt is Senior Fellow in the Freedom to Innovate at the Institute for Liberty. He has held positions at the R Street Institute, Mair Strategies, TheBlaze, and National Review. He also worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso  His writing on video games has been featured at TheBlaze, Gamesided, the Escapist, and the Federalist. He hails originally from Big Sur, California, but currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Yes, Mytheos is his real name.

Cultural Liberalism’s Business Model Has Begun to Fall Apart

 

By now, practically every obituary for 2017 that can be written within the confines of conventional wisdom has been filed and placed in the ever-expanding library of hot takes. And as usual, most of those hot takes have to do with Donald Trump. We are told, for example, that 2017 was a year where Trump […]

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Take Note of Tech’s Temper Tantrum

 

December 14, 2017 is increasingly looking like a day that could go down in history for all the right reasons — namely, as the day when the tech industry’s stranglehold on Washington, D.C. policymakers was broken. That day, Ajit Pai’s FCC repealed the thoroughly unnecessary program known as net neutrality, a move that in itself […]

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The FCC’s David and Goliath Moment

 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the bravest man in Washington right now. Or at least, he’d better be, because his recent decision to end the tech industry’s favorite government program — net neutrality — amounts to staring down the massive barrel of Silicon Valley wrath and daring them to make his day. In the process, […]

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Japan Knows How to Deal With Rogue Tech Companies

 

The monopoly power of Silicon Valley remains a massive public policy issue. Nowhere was this clearer than in the recent announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that he was seeking to end net neutrality, a set of regulations beloved by the industry. The response from tech was best exemplified by Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudfare, […]

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The Legal Trap Is Shutting on Patent Trolls

 

Innovation in the current Congress is practically a dirty word, as almost nothing encouraging it has made it past both houses. Most notably of all, the Innovation Act has been stalled in the House for years, despite massive bipartisan support for it. However, thanks to the general ineffectiveness of Congress, and the efforts of a […]

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Silicon Valley’s ‘Terms of Service’ Hypocrisy

 

In an episode of the popular television show South Park, a fictionalized Steve Jobs forces a group of the show’s characters to permit themselves to be sewn together, in a reference to the shock horror film The Human Centipede. Jobs is able to do this, the show notes, because no one reads the iTunes Terms […]

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Google Can No Longer Be Trusted With Private Data

 

Another week has gone by, and yet another scandalous story of the number one SJW search engine treating its users terribly has emerged. Only this time, it’s a far bigger revelation than the company is admitting, and which it very likely did not intend to allow. The facts are as follows: In the past week, […]

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Tech Needs to Explain Why Its Algorithms Hate Republicans

 

By now, nearly everyone who pays any attention to the politics of American business knows full well that tech companies are committed cogs in the Leftist machine. What becomes increasingly, and ever more scandalously clear with each passing month, is the extent to which they devote themselves to that task, even in areas that one […]

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The Rise of the Patent Snowflakes

 

As anyone who’s followed the long-standing battle to fix America’s patent system and cut off abuses by bottom-feeding legal parasites and abusive monopolists will tell you, the list of excuses for our broken system offered by those people is seemingly never-ending. They tell you patent reform will hurt job growth. The opposite is true. They […]

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Google Endangers Public Health

 

Here’s a question: If a major tech company debuted a feature in one of their more popular apps that was designed to target one of the most brutal and widespread epidemics in American society, only to remove it after the fact, would you consider that tech company irresponsible? In fact, let’s make this concrete: Suppose […]

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