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

Commentary

Undercurrents of Liberty in China

By Doug Bandow. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. August 14, 2014.

Should the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ be Reviewed by an International Court?

By Simon Lester. Euractiv.com. July 24, 2014.

The Supreme Court’s Aereo Effect Might Evaporate Silicon Valley’s Cloud

By Julian Sanchez. The Guardian. June 25, 2014.

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

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regulating the Mobile App Market

Logan Albright. Regulation. Fall 2014.

The Questionable call for Common Carriage

Christopher S. Yoo. Regulation. Summer 2014.

Events

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That: The Path to Digital Privacy Reform

Featuring Julian Sanchez. July 8, 2014. Policy Forum.

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.

Books