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April 5, 2024

Net Neutrality Is Back (Audio: Podcast)

IPI has been involved in pushing back against federal regulation of broadband networks since the late 1990s. IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains to IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews how the Biden administration is planning to once again resurrect net neutrality from the dead.

March 7, 2024

AI, Gemini, Oh My! (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Research Fellow Dr. Dan Garretson discuss the basics of artificial intelligence and recent developments, including the rollout of Google’s Gemini AI engine. 

February 29, 2024

Is Lina Khan REALLY Doing a Good Job at the FTC? (Audio: Podcast)

A few days ago, Republican Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) praised extreme progressive activist Lina Khan as “one of the few people in the Biden administration that I think is doing a pretty good job.” Is J.D. Vance right? Or is J.D. Vance an example of the “horseshoe theory” of politics in action, where the extremes of populism and the extremes of progressivism meet? A solo rant by IPI President Tom Giovanetti on who Lina Khan is, what the FTC is, and whether Senator J.D. Vance is correct.

February 19, 2024

Is that Robocall a Person or an AI? (Audio: Podcast)

We’re not afraid of AI, as just another technological innovation and tool, and we don’t think we need massive new federal regulation, but we agree with the FCC applying existing law and regulation to prevent deceptive use of AI to impersonate public persons in political advertising and robocalls. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

February 12, 2024

IPI Policy Basics: The Costs of Protecting Teens Online (Audio: Podcast)

Taking advantage of IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland’s presence in-studio, we discuss the problems with the state and federal legislative attempts to “protect children online” through age verification and other schemes. Hint: The problems are overwhelming and underappreciated. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.


January 22, 2024

IPI Policy Basics: Exaggerating the Public Domain (Audio: Podcast)

There was a rash of stories in the early days of 2024 about how, finally, Mickey Mouse had entered the public domain, and that this was somehow a triumph for the general public. Sounds like time for an explainer about the public domain, and why, for the most part, consumers are better off when creativity, distribution and promotion of creative works is incentivized. IPI President Tom Giovanetti with IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

January 15, 2024

Biden Administration Attacks Independent Contractors (Audio: Podcast)

The Biden administration has yielded to pressure from labor unions to restrict the qualifications for independent contractor status, which is intended to make it easier to unionize “gig economy” workers. But this is a terrible idea, and when California tried the same thing it forced many independent contractors out of work. The modern economy should make it easier, not harder, for Americans to have flexible work and earnings options. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

November 13, 2023

Are There No Limits to the Biden Administration's FTC Power Grabs? (Audio: Podcast)

When you elect a president, you don’t just elect a single person—you elect a team of 3,000+ appointed bureaucrats and staffers. And Joe Biden’s team is comprised of progressive left radicals like the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Lina Kahn.  In addition to going after companies like Google and Amazon, and in addition to opposing even her own staff in opposing mergers, Kahn is going after prescription drug company’s patents. But the “patent thicket” argument is largely bogus. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

November 3, 2023

Biden Seeks to Preemptively Regulate Artificial Intelligence (Audio: Podcast)

Technology expert Dr. Dan Garretson joins IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews to discuss President Biden's new executive order seeking preemptive regulation of artificial intelligence and Vice President Kamala Harris's AI speeches in Great Britain. 

October 12, 2023

Does Big Tech Need More Regulation? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti provides a backgrounder on the debate around the regulation of major internet platform companies, in anticipation of IPI’s October 20th Distinguished Lecture Series luncheon. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

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