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September 23, 2021

Innovation and the Paradigm Shift Right Before Our Eyes (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti discuss incremental innovation, critical mass and paradigm shifts in vaccine technology, smart phones, private space launch and other technologies.

September 9, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Should Government Regulate Social Media Platforms (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the highly controversial attempt by some on both Left and Right to use the power of government to regulate social media platforms. Includes a discussion of both First Amendment protections and obligations, and whom does it protect and whom does it obligate? Why is the First Amendment protection against government compelled speech so important? And what are the similarities between speech hosted on a cake and speech hosted on a website?

July 8, 2021

Big Tech Companies Benefit Consumers, Monopolies Don't (Audio: Podcast)

Critics claim big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google have become monopolies, and that the Federal Trade Commission should break them up—a sentiment shared by the new FTC chair. But IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland explains that monopolies tend to limit choice and disregard consumer welfare, whereas these companies have greatly expanded choice and enhanced consumer welfare.

July 8, 2021

Chip In: Semiconductors, the Economy and National Security (Audio: Podcast)

The pandemic-induced global shortage of semiconductors has revealed just how dependent our economy and our lives are on these silicone chips. But as IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland explains, it also underscores how vulnerable our national security is to these mostly foreign-manufactured chips.

June 17, 2021

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Is a Bipartisan Mess (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews talks us through the all the problems with the bipartisan infrastructure plan, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti focuses on the specific problems with the broadband spending proposal.

May 13, 2021

Chinese Rockets Fall from the Sky, American Rockets Land on Robot Ships (Audio: Podcast)

by Tom Giovanetti, Merrill Matthews, Dan Garretson

Senior Research Fellow Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti introduce Dan Garretson, new Research Fellow in Space and Technology Policy, and discuss current space policy topics.


May 6, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Why Attempting to Regulate Speech on Social Media Platforms Is a Bad Idea (Audio: Podcast)

The Facebook Oversight Board released its decision supporting the suspension of Donald Trump’s Facebook account but chiding Facebook for inconsistency and demanding that Facebook come up with clear, equally enforceable rules. This seems like a good time to summarize all the reasons why conservatives should not be attempting to use government power to regulate speech on social media platforms. With helpful contributions from Addie Crimmins, IPI’s Director of Development and Events.

May 6, 2021

Are Social Media Platforms Ripe for Government Oversight? (Audio: Interview)

Tom Giovanetti and Mark Davis (660AM the Answer) discuss the philosophical complications over "Big Tech Censorship" and who truly are "common carriers."

April 22, 2021

Is Biden's Broadband Infrastructure Spending Future-Proofing or Foolishness? (Audio: Podcast)

In discussion with IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discusses the current state of broadband infrastructure and explains why enormous new federal spending on broadband is unnecessary and likely harmful. 

January 28, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What is Net Neutrality, and Why Doesn't It Matter? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti, joined by Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, explains that while the meaning of “net neutrality” has morphed several times over the last decade, it has always been driven by a distrust of privately owned networks, a bias against private ownership of infrastructure, and trust that government regulation makes things better.

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