The benefits of bigness: consumers can gain from large tech firms and market leaders

The benefits of bigness: consumers can gain from large tech firms and market leaders

A common misconception is that big businesses are bad businesses. In the case of tech firms, this is not always true, and there are many benefits to consumers that come from big firms.

Policy challenges of artificial intelligence

Policy challenges of artificial intelligence

Developments in artificial intelligence are a driver of new products and services that will improve the richness, variety and comfort of our lives, speed up productivity growth, and make consequential decisions fairer and more...

Unnecessary and counterproductive regulations don’t make good competition policy

Unnecessary and counterproductive regulations don’t make good competition policy

With increased criticism of tech companies’ size and power, it is important to note that unnecessary regulations would be counterproductive, causing more harm than good.

Big data is not a barrier to entry

Big data is not a barrier to entry

Just as big data is not the “new oil” or “information infrastructure,” neither is it a barrier to entry. Companies have vast quantities of new and free data available to them.

Data is not the new oil or the infrastructure of the digital economy

Data is not the new oil or the infrastructure of the digital economy

Some are claiming that data is the “new oil.” Some claim that data is infrastructure. Both of these assertions are false.

Lessons from Visa and MasterCard: governments need to work with tech companies to respond to harmful content

Lessons from Visa and MasterCard: governments need to work with tech companies to respond to harmful content

Imposing fines, mandating blocking and threatening legislation against tech companies is the wrong approach for governments to take when responding to harmful content. Governments need to offer a partnership with tech companies to...

Facebook takes on non-consensual intimate images

Facebook takes on non-consensual intimate images

Non-consensual intimate images are a serious problem that tech companies are trying to prevent. Facebook’s pilot reporting program in Australia is a thoughtful first step to address this major social issue.

EU privacy law says companies need to explain the algorithms they use

EU privacy law says companies need to explain the algorithms they use

Explainable AI is needed to fully comply with the new EU data protection law. But companies don't need to sacrifice the benefits of machine learning accuracy to do it.

Ethical principles for algorithms

Ethical principles for algorithms

As big data analytics continues to transform the economic and social landscape, is it time to ask questions about the ethical nature of the algorithms employed by various organizations? Is it the responsibility of organizations to...

AI policy should be based on science, not science fiction

AI policy should be based on science, not science fiction

Speculative fear shouldn’t lead us into creating an omnibus regulatory structure to oversee all AI research. A fear-driven policy approach could significantly slow the development of AI systems that will make our homes and roads...

Alexa, bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States

Alexa, bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States

U.S. companies have been bringing manufacturing home, and with this has come almost a quarter of a million jobs since 2010. And more are on their way — Deloitte reports that about half of U.S. manufacturing executives plan to bring...

Don't fear machines, collaborate with them

Don't fear machines, collaborate with them

Occupations accounting for 47% of all U.S. employment are at risk of computerization, and this isn’t decades away: It could happen over the next 10 to 20 years

Tech leaders must act quickly to ensure algorithmic fairness

Tech leaders must act quickly to ensure algorithmic fairness

Do big data algorithms treat people differently based on characteristics such as race, religion, and gender? Tech leaders must take seriously the debate over data usage -- both because discrimination in any form has to be addressed,...

Why not a guaranteed basic income for all?

The freedom provided by a guaranteed income is a stimulus to creativity and innovation -- the corn seed of the tech industry. It is essential and timely to think about how to make technological change improve our working lives....

FCC's leap into Internet privacy poses big risks for tech

The FCC should use a sensible approach that would not disrupt the current technology landscape and would allow consumers to make their own decisions on privacy

Globalizing the right to be forgotten sets a dangerous precedent

Globalizing the right to be forgotten sets a dangerous precedent

The European courts must reject French privacy regulator CNIL's efforts to globally apply the European right to be forgotten, which sets a dangerous precedent for international censorship

Don't let the rhetoric fool you: The U.S. and the EU share common ground on privacy

Don't let the rhetoric fool you: The U.S. and the EU share common ground on privacy

This newly-negotiated, renamed Safe Harbor deal will ease business concerns about transatlantic data flows, but will also face European opposition. While it seems there are differences between the U.S. and European approaches to...

Companies and rights activists should unite to support data flows

Companies and rights activists should unite to support data flows

The digital trade provisions in the TPP oppose cross-border constraints on data flows. Free and open digital trade will benefit companies and their workers, but it will also benefit human rights advocates who oppose government...

A tech policy agenda for an uncertain political future

A tech policy agenda for an uncertain political future

The top tech priorities for Congress and President Obama this year should be fostering data-driven innovation and the Internet of Things, increasing digital trade and passing the TPP, fighting patent litigation abuse and patent...

A shortsighted call for softening encryption

A shortsighted call for softening encryption

The Paris attacks have given the government an excuse to renew efforts to gain access to encrypted private communications. It's a bad idea

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