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As every sector of the global economy and nearly every facet of modern society undergo digital transformation, ITIF advocates for policies that spur not just the development of IT innovations, but more importantly their adoption and use throughout the economy. In the area of Internet policy, ITIF's work covers issues related to taxation, e-commerce, digital copyright, global Internet governance, and digital currencies.


How to Address Political Speech on Social Media in the United States

How to Address Political Speech on Social Media in the United States

Policymakers could improve content moderation on social media by building international consensus on content moderation guidelines, providing more resources to address state-sponsored disinformation, and increasing transparency in content moderation decisions.

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September 20, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Big Tech’s Free Online Services Aren’t Costing Consumers Their Privacy

There is no evidence that breaking up big online platforms will improve digital privacy, but there is overwhelming evidence that breaking up these services or restricting them from collecting user data will harm consumers and workers.

September 14, 2023|Blogs

No, Big Tech Doesn’t “Profit” From Hate Speech

The allegations of tech companies profiting from extremism lack substantial merit when examined closely.

September 11, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Regular Internet Usage by Older Adults Reduces Risk of Dementia

A recent study found that regular internet usage decreased the risk of dementia in older adults by roughly half. This was after taking account of a wide array of factors including baseline cognitive function, age, income, and race.

September 5, 2023|Blogs

Kidfluencers Recast Spotlight on Children’s Rights in Digital Entertainment

Though the ways consumers access entertainment have changed, the laws protecting children in the space have not. The time is ripe to update laws to better reflect the changing media landscape by expanding coverage to protect child social media influencers (“kidfluencers”).

September 5, 2023|Features

Claims That Social Media Endangers Democracy Are Mostly Misinformation

Defending Digital Series, No. 22: That digital technologies are a “threat to democracy” is now conventional wisdom, even though nontechnology factors have done much more to undermine America’s electoral confidence than anything digital. Unfortunately, today’s exaggerated electoral accusations have given additional life and power to the full range of dubious Big Tech critiques.

August 14, 2023|Blogs

FTC Could End Amazon Prime Benefits for Consumers

The FTC’s likely solutions to Amazon's alleged anticompetitive behavior would come at the expense of convenience, a wider selection of products, fast delivery, lower prices, and valuable features.

August 8, 2023|Blogs

New Evidence Shows Blaming Social Media for Political Polarization Is Misguided

Four new research papers in the journals Science and Nature studied the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the 2020 election cycle. They found little evidence that key features of the platforms led to polarization.

August 7, 2023|Podcasts

Podcast: Counterfeiting Is a Crime Against Innovation, With Kebharu Smith

Counterfeiting—one of the oldest, simplest crimes—has only continued to evolve as technology has grown more complex.

August 1, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the NTIA Regarding the Ongoing Internet Use Survey

Since households that are still offline are, by definition, unable to be reached through standard methods, flexible, data-driven approaches that target solutions to remaining barriers to connectivity are key to closing the digital divide.

July 31, 2023|Blogs

The COOL Online Act Fails to Create Parity in Country of Origin Labeling Requirements

The Senate has introduced legislation to give consumers access to information about the origins of products sold online. But despite its good intentions, the bill would create uneven playing fields for brick-and-mortar stores, online retailers, and online marketplaces.

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