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Tax Reform -- An Idea Whose Time Has Come

With the Obamacare fight all but over, all eyes have turned to tax reform. This week, President Trump unveiled the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” That’s good news for taxpayers, consumers, and businesses. The current tax code is burdensome and inefficient and thwarts efforts to revitalize the economy. The new plan for reform includes an overhaul that makes the tax code simpler, fairer, and flatter. The plan touts benefits to the middle class, small business, and the economy as a whole. This is a fundamental upgrade from the current tax code, which is collapsing under the weight of all the loopholes and carve-outs that have been piled on over the years. The proposed tax plan is an attempt to clear out the underbrush and create a new tax code based on economic common sense rather than political expediency.

09/28/2017
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Rewriting the Roadmap to Innovation

Since it went commercial roughly 20 years ago, the internet has become a part of our daily lives, from entertainment to shopping to social networking. Today’s internet is a vibrant global network connecting more than 3.5 billion users worldwide through 224 million websites. Every day, users send almost 270 million emails worldwide and 2 billion users connect with each other through Facebook, the most popular social media platform. That the United States is the dominant force in all of this is not an accident. America’s tech giants emerged from a policy framework that fostered innovation and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, these bedrock principles are under attack today as lawmakers ponder expansive new liability laws that would profoundly alter the way the internet works. The latest effort to rewire the internet comes in the noble sounding “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017” (SESTA). While the goals are laudable, it would have a significant adverse impact on how we use the internet, but little impact on sex trafficking.

08/08/2017
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In Government We Antitrust

The American economy produces roughly $18 trillion worth of goods and services every year as firms compete to provide consumers the goods and services they demand. But over time, the government has come to play a much larger role in the economy, imposing regulations that cost the economy over $1.9 trillion annually. Unfortunately for consumers, these regulations are often put in place to limit competition and restrict entry into the marketplace by firms trying to avoid the gales of creative destruction. And now, there is a renewed interest in weaponized antitrust, with America’s tech giants under renewed scrutiny at home and abroad. The culprits are competitors seeking to increase their market share through government intervention. Unfortunately, for consumers, this typically means higher prices and reduced choices in the marketplace.

07/27/2017
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When Innovation Is Bad: The EU vs. Google

In its latest broadside against American technology companies, the EU last month slapped Google with a record $2.7 billion fine for leveraging its dominance as a search engine to boost Google Shopping over competing online services. This is indicative of the EU’s ongoing battle with American tech companies, with Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft under constant scrutiny of the regulators in Brussels. But this EU flavor of antitrust is very different from American antitrust law and has far more to do with industrial policy than consumer protection.

07/10/2017
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A Sea Change at the FCC

The Trump administration recently announced that Ajit Pai will be stepping up to be the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. This is good news for the consumers and signals a welcome shift in the FCC's aggressive regulatory agenda.

02/03/2017
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Celebrating Copyright Week

Today marks the conclusion of copyright week, where it’s time to remind policymakers of the balance needed in copyright law. Too often, recent policy changes have been used to benefit targeted groups rather than enhance social welfare, as initially outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Any copyright reforms must include a broad range of interests that foster innovation and economic growth.

01/20/2017
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Reforming the Digital Millennial Copyright Act

Millennials are a disruptive generation. They are the first generation to abandon landline telephones in favor wireless smartphones, the first to cut the cord with pay-TV, and the first to turn to the Internet as their go-to source for music and video entertainment. These trends have many old school industries not just puzzled, but incensed that millennials do not respect the rights of those creating the content they consume.

08/06/2016
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Securing the Internet’s Future

The millennials are the first generation that grew up in a world defined by the Internet. What the car was to a teen in the Fifties — a chance to see the world, explore, and connect with friends — the Internet is to the post-industrial age millennial. Today’s Internet is so widespread that many take for granted the fact that they can stream Netflix, hail an Uber, or chat with friends and family across the globe. The Internet and all these benefits emerged through a burst of innovation and entrepreneurship that transformed our daily lives. Yet as the Internet matures, it is becoming the target of special interests and overzealous regulators seeking to control the bounty that the Internet provides.

06/17/2016
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A Digital Bill of Rights—It’s Time

In 1995, the Internet began, in earnest, as a commercial endeavor. Since that time, its growth has been explosive. Starting with only 16 million users that first year, the Internet now has over 3.4 billion users today—almost half the world’s population.

05/16/2016
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Copyright, Technology, and Reform

Today marks the end of Copyright Week, an opportunity to examine the current system of copyright and consider opportunities to reform a system that many view as dysfunctional and a hindrance to innovation. Copyright Week was born in the wake of the massive digital protest against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, copyright reform legislation that would have done more harm than good. On the anniversary of the protests that saw many websites go dark to show their opposition to the legislation, Copyright Week provides a focus on the need to reform an outdated system that no longer serves its intended purpose.

01/22/2016

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