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

Government Should Stay out of Social Media

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

Protecting the Internet After Christchurch: Far Easier Said Than Done

By Matthew Feeney. New York Daily News. March 20, 2019.

Google Is a Tricky Case but Conservatives Please Stay Strong — Reject the Temptation to Regulate the Internet

By John Samples. Fox News (Online). December 12, 2018.

Cato Studies

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.

Liberating Telemedicine: Options to Eliminate the State-Licensing Roadblock

By Shirley Svorny. Policy Analysis No. 826. November 15, 2017.

Articles

Public Filings

Frank v. Gaos

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

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.

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.