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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.

July 13, 2018

Coalition Letter in Support of Email Privacy Act

Coalition letter expressing support for the Email Privacy Act which was recently included in the House passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.

June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Ruling on Sales Tax Weighs on Amazon.com, Inc.


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

It’s unclear how the new ruling will effect smaller sellers, but Institute for Policy Innovation president Tom Giovanetti is in the camp of those that sees it as a big problem for them.

June 7, 2018

Can You Understand Me Now? Privacy Policy Basics


Contracts depend on all parties understanding what they are agreeing to. That's the starting point for privacy policy reform.

May 7, 2018

Misusing the Congressional Review Act to Re-Regulate the Internet


The U.S. Senate will shortly face an attempt to misuse the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to re-impose Title II regulations on the internet. This approach is ill-considered, and is likely to backfire on its proponents.

April 17, 2018

Supreme Court Hears Landmark Internet Sales Tax Case


Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the landmark Internet sales tax case, South Dakota vs. Wayfair, which could allow states to force businesses in other states to collect internet sales taxes for them.

April 13, 2018

Supreme Court Could Allow the Wayfair Waylay


The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could allow states to force businesses in other states to collect internet sales taxes for them, not because of declining state revenues, but because of increased state spending.

April 10, 2018

Facebook Has Put the Internet in Crisis


For a healthy Internet ecosystem to flourish, the value of labor, creativity and content must be recognized, the rights of users must be respected, and internet platforms must begin to incorporate the values, norms and laws of civil society that have long been established in the analog realm.

April 9, 2018

Protecting the Open Internet


Republicans should drop a simple and elegant bill — one that bars all Internet players from interfering with or censoring the online experience of all Americans.

April 5, 2018

Amicus Brief in Landmark Internet Sales Tax Case South Dakota v. Wayfair

IPI and four other free market organizations today filed an amicus brief in the landmark internet sales tax case of South Dakota v. Wayfair

February 26, 2018

Coalition Letter to Congress Regarding the Remote Transactions Parity Act


Coalition letter expressing opposition to H.R. 2193, the so-called “Remote Transactions Parity Act” (RTPA), which would grant states new power to tax and regulate internet sales made by businesses outside their borders.

 

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