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

Time for Regulators to Catch Up to the Digital Age

By Mark A. Calabria. DC Examiner. December 21, 2015.

The New Propaganda

By Ian Vásquez. Huffington Post. October 30, 2015.

Legislative Cyber Threats: CISA’s Not the Only One

By Patrick G. Eddington. Just Security. July 29, 2015.

Cato Studies

Hate Speech Laws: Ratifying the Assassin’s Veto

By Robert Corn-Revere. Policy Analysis No. 791. May 24, 2016.

Expanding Trade in Medical Care through Telemedicine

By Simon Lester. Policy Analysis No. 769. March 24, 2015.

A Rational Response to the Privacy “Crisis”

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

Articles

Public Filings

Verizon v. FCC

By Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. July 23, 2012.

Concerning The Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act (H.R. 1966); The Adolescent Web Awareness Requires Education Act (H.R. 3630)

By Harvey A. Silverglate. Testimony. September 30, 2009.

Assessing Cybersecurity Activities at NIST and DHS

By Jim Harper. Testimony. June 25, 2009.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regulatory Budgets

Richard A. Williams. Regulation. Regulatory Budgets.

A More Optimistic View

David R. Henderson. Regulation. A More Optimistic View.

Regulation at 40

Peter Van Doren and Thomas A. Firey. Regulation. Regulation at 40.

Events

Intellectual Property and First Principles

Featuring Randolph J. May, Richard A. Epstein, Jim Harper, Eli Dourado, & Roger Pilon. February 10, 2016. Policy Forum.

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.