Mobile app stores are economic engines. Should policymakers be redesigning them?

By Matt Au and Bret Swanson In recent weeks, at least nine US states have introduced legislation to regulate smartphone software platforms such as Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. The bills follow ....

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Do data protection laws really improve cybersecurity? Highlights from my conversation with Emily Taylor

Data protection and privacy laws must strike a difficult balance between individual privacy and cybersecurity. For example, what happens when a cyberattacker’s identity is masked in the name of privacy? How would existing laws in ....

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What happens when the EU and Biden redesign Big Tech?

Some politicians, academics, and regulatory practitioners are increasingly confident that there is something wrong with the structure of Big Tech. They are equally confident that smart regulators can remold Big Tech and make things better. ....

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The EU’s misguided drive to turn America’s Big Tech companies into public utilities

European Union (EU) regulators have targeted America’s Big Tech companies, aiming to make them some of the EU’s most heavily regulated firms. Draft legislation called the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act would ....

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A European compromise not worth making

At the meeting of the European Council on Thursday, the governments of Poland and Hungary lifted their veto of the EU’s seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the post-pandemic recovery package, known as New Generation ....

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Opportunities and pitfalls for a new transatlantic relationship on tech

My AEI colleague Claude Barfield recently wrote about the growing interest in resetting the US-EU relationship on digital and technology issues — and the daunting obstacles standing in the way. Right on cue, the European Commission has ....

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To confront China, Pompeo has to think carefully about European outreach

After last month’s visit to the United Kingdom and Denmark, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Central Europe — specifically, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, and Poland — represents another attempt to align ....

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Two cheers for the European Recovery Fund

The recently agreed European Recovery Fund is to be welcomed as a major breakthrough for the European Union. It is the first time in the EU’s history that member countries will take joint responsibility for ....

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