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