Technology & Democracy Project

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Title II is the wrong fit for broadband

My Discovery Institute colleague George Gilder and I issued the following statement in support of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s vision for smart Internet regulation: Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to return the classification of broadband service from a Title II telecommunications service to a Title I information service, noting that capital expenditures by the the Read More ›

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Will Help Fund 5G

The AT&T-Time Warner merger is needed to help fund the deployment of 5G technologies, which will be both extremely costly and harder to achieve as a result of the primary focus of regulators in recent years. A vertical merger between AT&T and Time Warner (not Time Warner Cable) shouldn’t be a big deal since for the most part neither firm Read More ›

Privacy Regulation That Distorts Competition Not Good for Consumers

The Federal Communications Commission realizes that different rules for different competing firms “could have [anti]competitive ripple effects,” yet the agency’s proposals frequently include different rules for different competitors anyway. In the case of privacy protection for the customers of broadband service providers, the FCC is proposing to impose onerous restrictions on broadband providers’ use of Web browsing and app usage Read More ›

Comcast and Netflix Show The Way

Easier said than done is the task of drafting regulations that require pay-TV providers to provide free apps for downloading pay-TV to any device and for providing access to programming created by independent and diverse voices. Ask Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission. His first proposal was torn to shreds. He refuses to even release the full text Read More ›

Fire-Maker: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet

About the Book

From computers to airplanes to life-giving medicines, the technological marvels of our world were made possible by the human use of fire. But the use of fire itself was made possible by an array of features built into the human body and the planet. In Fire-Maker, biologist Michael Denton explores the special features of nature that equipped humans to to harness the powers of fire and remake their world. This book is a companion to the documentary of the same name, available at

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Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump on Tech Policy

Donald Trump’s tech agenda — judging from his convention speech last week — is pretty straightforward: Cut taxes and reduce excessive regulation. Hillary Clinton is proposing a 7,000-word laundry list of initiatives for harnessing the power of technology and the Internet “in a way that works for all Americans…” Taxes Taxes are a good place to start, because they are a cost of doing business that firms attempt Read More ›