The burst of creativity, communication, and commerce brought forth by the Internet in recent decades is only the beginning of a wave of innovation and progress that the Internet medium will foster. It should be kept an unfettered, entrepreneurial realm so that we can get the maximum benefits from creative, industrious Internet communicators and businesspeople the world over.

Policymakers must resist intervention in the Internet and the Internet economy. Whether governments act as regulators or promoters of high tech, they will impose needless costs and create unintended consequences. Solutions to problems with the Internet can be found on the Internet itself. The collective intelligence, creativity, and problem-solving ability of technologists and Internet users vastly outstrip those of any government regulator.

More on Internet Governance and Regulation


Obama’s Ivory-Trade Regulatory Overkill

By Doug Bandow. Washington Times. February 18, 2014.

Obama Administration Treats Antique Collectors and Dealers as Criminals: New Ivory Rules Put Elephants at Increased Risk

By Doug Bandow. Forbes. February 17, 2014.

Will Regulations Sink EU-U.S. Free Trade?

By Simon Lester and Inu Barbee. National Interest (Online). October 15, 2013.

Cato Studies

A Rational Response to the Privacy “Crisis”

By Larry Downes. Policy Analysis No. 716. January 7, 2013.

Reputation under Regulation: The Fair Credit Reporting Act at 40 and Lessons for the Internet Privacy Debate

By Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 690. December 8, 2011.

Government-Run Cyber Security? No, Thanks

By Jim Harper. TechKnowledge No. 123. March 13, 2009.

Public Filings


Unintended Consequences of the Rogue Website Crackdown

Featuring Julian Sanchez. January 19, 2012. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Updating ECPA: An Electronic Privacy Law for the 21st Century

Featuring Julian Sanchez. May 21, 2010. Capitol Hill Briefing.

In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

Featuring Jim Harper. February 4, 2009. Book Forum.