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Blogs & Op-eds
Congress Needs to Prioritize TPA Passage
TPA allows the President to “fast-track” trade agreements for approval or disapproval by Congress. As the United States is engaged in negotiating, in the words of Deputy United States Trade Representative Robert Holleyman, “the most ambitious trade agenda in history,” the necessity of TPA could not be clearer.
2015 Offers a Net Neutrality Solution
A new net neutrality compromise being floated by John Thune gives Internet populists a distinct choice. Take this once-in-a-decade chance to lock in stringent rules that would survive a switch in FCC control through a bipartisan solution. Or reject the deal to push for the real endgame: imposition of a government-controlled Internet to liberate the "captive audience" of Internet users from the controlling hand of "big broadband." For the good of the economy and society, here’s hoping they choose the former.
Preempting International Harmony: The New British Tax on Overseas Profits
The UK’s new tax does try to address a real problem with the implementation of corporate taxes in the modern economy. However, a new international process led by the OECD already exists to deal with the issue. This effort recently issued a series of major reports and is scheduled to make final recommendations next year. The British government should delay implementation of its new tax so that it can act within a multilateral context designed to deal with the larger issues involved.
Time to Focus on Innovation Targets, Not Emissions Targets, to Fight Climate Change
The recently failed climate talks in Lima, Peru illustrate that new leadership is needed if we hope to address climate change. We should not try to coax countries into agreeing to emissions targets, but to commit to targets on clean energy innovation. In other words, nations should set goals to invest a certain amount of money in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to make clean energy so cheap that all businesses and consumers will voluntarily replace fossil fuels with clean energy because it makes economic sense to do so.
Ensuring Fairness in the Age of the Algorithm
Disparate impact analysis is making it easier to prove discrimination by allowing the courts to find landlords, lenders, employers, and others liable for discrimination if data analysis can show that these defendants adopted policies with harmful effects on protected classes even if intent cannot be proven. However, an upcoming Supreme Court case has called this technique into question and will decide whether disparate impact claims can be brought under the Fair Housing Act. This provides a useful reminder of the importance of this valuable tool in the fight against discrimination and offers an opportunity to reflect on how it might be strengthened and improved.
Mobile Telecom Offers Enormous Benefits, Finds New Report
Rapidly advancing technology and strong investment has meant that mobile technology use has exploded around the world in the past 5 years. This technology has brought substantial benefits to rich and poor users alike, and has also been a key factor in small and medium-sized business growth.
Critics Fear Big Data in Alternative History
The ongoing fears surrounding big data are often based on faulty assumptions, stress potential future harm instead of actual issues that have occurred and fail to properly take into account the positive societal impacts the technology produces.