A Telecommunications and Information Policy Studies Reading List
Prepared by Adam Thierer
Read This First
- “The Libertarian Vision for Telecom and High‐Technology,” by Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (TechKnowledge #1, April 3, 2001)Defines three fundamental principles for good governance of the high‐tech sector.
On Internet Regulation
- Who Rules the Net? Internet Governance and Jurisdiction edited by Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Cato Institute, 2003)Addresses the complexities of global Internet governance disputes.
- “Caught in the Seamless Web: Does the Internet’s Global Reach Justify Less Freedom of Speech?” by Robert Corn‐Revere (Briefing Paper No. 71, July 24, 2002)Examines how free speech fares on the global Internet.
On Deregulating Technology and Telecommunications
- What’s Yours Is Mine: Open Access and the Rise of Infrastructure Socialism by Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Cato Institute, 2003)Critiques the many current and proposed “forced access” mandates that plague the high‐tech sector and network industries, and illustrates how such regulations will impede investment, innovation, and true facilities‐based competition.
- “The Digital Dirty Dozen: The Most Destructive High‐Tech Legislative Measures of the 107th Congress” by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. and Adam Thierer (Policy Analysis no. 423, February 4, 2002)Criticizes recent bad legislation in the technology and telecommunications arenas.
- “The Antitrust Terrible 10: Why the Most Reviled ‘Anti‐competitive’ Business Practices Can Benefit Consumers in the New Economy” by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Policy Analysis no. 405, June 28, 2001)Critiques common theories that ostensibly justify antitrust enforcement.
- “A 10‐Point Agenda for Comprehensive Telecom Reform” by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Briefing Paper no. 63, May 8, 2001)Criticizes common antitrust theories that ostensibly justify antitrust enforcement.
- Law and Disorder in Cyberspace: Abolish the FCC and Let Common Law Rule the Telecosm by Peter Huber ( Oxford University Press. September 1997)Shows that the common law can actually be a far more effective regulator of this industry than can the FCC, and provides a comprehensive checklist for reform.
- The Internet Challenge to Television by Bruce M. Owen (Harvard University Press, 1999)Traces the history of communications and media regulation from the 1930s to the present and shows that, too often, good intentions triumphed over good economics.
- Technologies of Freedom by Ithiel de Sola Pool (Harvard University Press, 1983)A pioneering work on how to protect emerging technologies from government intrusion.
On Intellectual Property
- Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectual Property Rights in the Information Age edited by Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Cato Institute, 2002)Presents a variety of perspectives on contemporary controversies over intellectual property.
On Privacy and Technology
- “Understanding Privacy — and the Real Threats to It” by Jim Harper (Policy Analysis no. 520, August 4, 2004)Discusses how the principal threats to privacy come from governments.
- “Privacy as Censorship: A Skeptical View of Proposals to Regulate Privacy in the Private Sector” by Solveig Singleton (Policy Analysis no. 295, January 22, 1998)Argues against heavy‐handed regulations designed to “protect” privacy.
- “Human Bar Code: Monitoring Biometric Technologies in a Free Society” by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Policy Analysis no. 452, September 17, 2002)Calls for resisting government‐mandated biometric identifiers and stringent enforcement of Fourth Amendment protections, without interfering with use of biometrics by the private sector.
- “Nameless in Cyberspace: Anonymity on the Internet” by Jonathan D. Wallace (Briefing Paper no. 54, December 8, 1999)Defends the right to anonymous speech on the Internet.