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Economists have long recognized that technological innovation and enhanced communication increase productivity and reduce friction in economic activity.  And never before has technology’s impact on economic growth been as evident as it is today.

At IPI, we focus on technology and communications policy not only because it’s critical to economic growth, but also because government’s inherent tendency to regulate prospectively poses an active threat to the economic gains and lifestyle enhancements made possible by technological innovation.

The communications and technology industries are among the country’s most competitive and the biggest capital investors in the U.S. economy, and are thus prime engines of economic growth and job creation. It is critical that public policy encourages continued innovation and investment in the tech sector, and that we don’t limit the innovation upside with counterproductive taxes and regulations.

June 17, 2016

With FCC Set-Top Box Overreach, Time Is Now For Congress to Rein in Agency


The FCC's new set-top box regulations do not address any problem, but would create a whole new set of problems by redesigning the wildly dynamic and innovative video industry according to the whims of Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it's time for Congress to rein in the rogue agency.

June 16, 2016

House Rejection of Massie-Lofgren Amendment Undermines Citizens' Fourth Amendment Liberties


By rejecting the Massie-Lofgren amendment to the defense spending bill, the U.S. House of Representatives is undermining Americans’ Fourth Amendment protections.

June 16, 2016

Giovanetti Commends Reps. Massie, Lofgren For Effort to Guarantee Fourth Amendment Liberties


In a statement, IPI president Tom Giovanetti applauded Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) for a move to defend Americans’ Fourth Amendment protections by prohibiting warrantless backdoor searches and upholding robust encryption standards.

June 15, 2016

Only Congress Can Stop FCC's Sweeping Regulation of the Internet


Only Congress can undo the FCC's broad assertion of power over the Internet and return to the light touch regulation that facilitated the Internet revolution in the first place. Congress should act.

June 8, 2016

Protecting Internet Freedom Act Critical Step to Preserving Open Internet


Companion legislation introduced today by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) preventing the U.S. government from relinquishing its internet governance role is a vital to keeping the internet free and open to people around the world.

June 6, 2016

Coalition Letter Opposing National Security Letter Amendment to Email Privacy Act

June 2, 2016

FTC Should Have Priority Over Internet Privacy


Too many government entities looking after our privacy means that we do not have any.

May 26, 2016

Republican Senators Attempt to Kill Email Privacy Act


Although House members recently passed the Email Privacy Act with unanimous consensus, some Republicans in the Senate are trying to kill the legislation. Why?

May 18, 2016

Trending Topic: Let the Market Work


If conservative concerns lead Facebook to design a more robust and transparent system that ensures fairness to all its users, that is a market success, not a market failure. Let’s let it play out.

May 11, 2016

Only Government Could Oppose Ride-Sharing


Who could oppose a new service that is universally loved by its participants? Government, of course—especially government at its worst. 

 

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