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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Facebook, Google, and the battle over social media in Australia, part II

In the first post of this series, we examined the effect that internet platforms have had on traditional media firms and their revenues — and their diminished ability to create news content. Australia’s mandatory bargaining code requiring ....

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In defense of Section 230: My long-read Q&A with Jeff Kosseff

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has come under fire from people on both the left and the right. Many Democrats fear that the provision enables too much hate speech and disinformation, and a ....

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Are Big Tech firms monopolies? My long-read Q&A with Nicolas Petit

Big Tech firms like Amazon, Google, and Apple are some of the most popular companies among American consumers. However, among policymakers in Washington, they’ve become much less popular for many reasons. Chief among these reasons ....

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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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