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

Where’s the Real Harm from Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple?

By Ryan Bourne. MarketWatch. June 18, 2019.

Big Is Not Always Bad: Why We Shouldn’t Rush to Break up the Tech Giants

By Ryan Bourne. UK Telegraph. June 6, 2019.

Government Should Stay out of Social Media

By John Samples. Orange County Register. April 24, 2019.

Cato Studies

Is This Time Different? Schumpeter, the Tech Giants, and Monopoly Fatalism

By Ryan Bourne. Policy Analysis No. 872. June 17, 2019.

Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media

By John Samples. Policy Analysis No. 865. April 9, 2019.

What to Do about the Emerging Threat of Censorship Creep on the Internet

By Danielle Keats Citron. Policy Analysis No. 828. November 28, 2017.

Articles

Public Filings

Domino’s Pizza v. Robles

By Ilya Shapiro, William Yeatman, and Sam Spiegelman. Legal Briefs. July 15, 2019.

Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism: Possibilities and Limitations

By Julian Sanchez. Testimony. June 25, 2019.

Frank v. Gaos

By Ilya Shapiro and Jeremy Kidd. Legal Briefs. February 7, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Internet Sales Taxes from 1789 to the Present Day: South Dakota v. Wayfair

Joseph Bishop-Henchman. Supreme Court Review. 2017-2018.

The Untold History of FCC Regulation

Policy Report. May/June 2018.

Big Tech’s Big-Time, Big-Scale Problem

Geoffrey A. Manne and Justin (Gus) Hurwitz. Policy Report. May/June 2018.

Events

The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet

Featuring David G. Post and John Samples. April 17, 2019. Book Forum.

Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media

Featuring Matthew Feeney, John Samples, and Jeff Vanderslice. April 15, 2019. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone

Featuring Thomas W. Hazlett and Ajit Pai. March 15, 2018. Book Forum.