Issues relating to the digital economy.

Regulators Should Use Discretion to Promote Innovation, ITIF Argues

Stop Hamstringing Online Innovators

January 8, 2015
| Blogs & Op-eds

The case of Zenefits in Utah shows what's at stake when regulators go too far in the name of competitive "fairness." This type of protectionism hampers innovation and ultimately slows economic growth.

Comments to ICANN on its Five-Year Operating Plan

January 5, 2015
| Testimony and Filings

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit organization that brings together various stakeholders to “discuss, debate, and develop policies about the technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).” ICANN has requested public comment on its Draft Five-Year Operating Plan. The Center for Data Innovation has filed comments describing how the ICANN community would benefit greatly from ICANN committing itself to open data and how such a commitment would bring its transparency and openness efforts in line with other leading global organizations.

US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

Associated Press
The transformation of U.S.-Cuban relations could have a transformative impact on Cuban technology and innovation.

ICANN Transition Plan Needs New Ideas to Ensure Accountability

December 17, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Without the U.S. government involved, the Internet community needs to find another check on the ICANN board to ensure its long-term accountability and legitimacy.

It’s Not the European Wide Web, It’s the World Wide Web

December 10, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Global Internet policy conflicts are all too common, from the “Right to be Forgotten” to concerns over the PRISM revelations, and threaten the basic organization of the Internet along with the continued growth of the digital economy. To address this challenge, policymakers should agree on a new policy approach that respects the rights of individual nations to set digital policy as long as it does not impact other countries’ use of the Internet.

Keep the Internet Tax-Free

December 8, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Hungary’s recently proposed tax on Internet access was absurd – akin to assessing fees on reading books. But the proposal, even if discarded (though the government has hinted that it may bring the tax back in another form), remains worrisome, because it is part of a disturbing trend. A large number of countries have introduced taxes and tariffs that hamper the adoption and use of information and communications technology (ICT). This is the modern-day equivalent of eating the grain you were saving to plant next year.

The Folly of Taxing New Media

December 6, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

As part of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) review of its TV and broadcast regulations, several stakeholders have raised the idea of requiring over-the-top (OTT) video providers — such as YouTube and Netflix — to finance Canadian content. What these concerned parties do not realize is that by choosing to exact fees from online providers, the CTRC would only succeed in reducing innovation and consumer choice, while trying to enforce the unenforceable.

How Washington Should Think About the Internet of Things

December 4, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Daniel Castro argues that policymakers should focus on fostering the Internet of Things through policies that promote innovation and flexibility and refrain from imposing unnecessary or overbearing regulations that could hamper growth and investment in this important technology.

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