by | Jan 30, 2020

A few times over the years, I’ve taught seminars about social media. Facebook, I’d explain, is like a planned community. People view it as a safe neighborhood. Your page is your house, and your friend’s page is his house. There…

by | Jan 28, 2020

Intellectual property policymaking can be thorny territory, often because it’s a right mentioned both in the Bill of Rights and the original text of the Constitution. The Constitution foreshadows what many of the possible difficulties in crafting intellectual property policy,…

by | Dec 29, 2019

Let’s start with a story. Just a few years ago, when I first turned to think seriously about the changes wrought by 40 years of the computer revolution, I found myself in a meeting with some senior figures in cybertechnology:…

by | Dec 28, 2019

With news of an antitrust probe, congressional hearings on bias, accusations from Peter Thiel of “seemingly treasonous” cooperation with the Chinese government, and ongoing revelations about leftist employees running amok on the company’s voluminous Listservs, Google has had a bad…

by | Dec 27, 2019

It’s increasingly difficult to distinguish the views of the new “national conservatives” from those held by “democratic socialists” when it comes to government regulation of the economy and social media platforms. Both groups are upset at the outcomes that a…

by | Dec 2, 2019

A generation ago, cultural critic Neil Postman published the clever little book Amusing Ourselves to Death. In it, Postman considers the rival dystopian visions of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley as articulated in their classic novels, 1984 and Brave New World,…

by | Aug 29, 2019

Make no mistake: they don’t like you, and they want to silence you. And whereas “they” at least once attempted to hide their disdain for conservatives, today America’s leading technology companies are all but celebrating it. Each day greets us…

by and | Aug 14, 2019

This month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will launch a wide-ranging probe into possible antitrust behavior by social media and technology giants. Although no companies were specifically named, it’s not hard to guess which corporations will be in…

by | Jun 26, 2019

The event “Will we ban hate speech? Lessons From Europe and the Threat of Big Tech,” hosted last week by The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., illuminated the ties between the recent uptick in Big Tech censorship and the deteriorating…

by | Jun 25, 2019

As if eager to prove exactly the point of the blockbuster Project Veritas video that shows Google determined to manipulate the 2020 election, the Google-owned YouTube has now banned the Project Veritas video that shows two Google employees discussing just…

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