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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.
Publications and Events
March 21, 2023|Presentations
Key Issues Emerging From the Government’s Consultation on the Online Advertising Programme
Kir Nuthi speaks at "The Future for Online Advertising Regulation" conference on how the UK's Online Advertising Programme might affect international companies looking to work in the UK markets.
March 15, 2023|Blogs
Utah Law to Protect Children’s Privacy Will Violate Everyone’s Privacy
Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a bill into law that will require minors to obtain parental consent to use social media. Social media platforms will have to verify the ages of all users in Utah and restrict access to anyone under the age of 18 without their parents’ permission. This will require all Utahns, not just those under 18, to give up their personal information as a condition of using social media, violating everyone’s privacy in the name of protecting children.
March 9, 2023|Presentations
Big Tech & Speech Summit: The Fragility of Section 230
Ashley Johnson speaks at the Big Tech & Speech Summit, an exclusive forum addressing the red-hot controversies impacting Big Tech in Washington.
March 2, 2023|Blogs
Congress Needs to Understand How Online Ads Work to Pass Data Privacy Legislation
As Congress continues to debate federal data privacy legislation, it is important that it understands how online advertising works, so as not to unintentionally harm the Internet ecosystem.
February 28, 2023|Events
Can Regulators Handle the Mastodons of the World?
Watch ITIF's Center for Data Innovation's discussion on the challenges policymakers face in applying existing laws and regulations to decentralized online services.
February 22, 2023|Presentations
Supreme Court Argues Section 230: What’s Next for Congress?
Ashley Johnson offers her perspective on the oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, the broader Section 230 reform debate, different legislative proposals for altering Section 230, and the implications of potential changes to Section 230.
February 13, 2023|Podcasts
Podcast: Should Section 230 Cover Algorithms? What’s at Stake in Gonzalez v. Google, With Ashley Johnson
Google doesn’t create terrorist propaganda videos, doesn’t allow them on YouTube, and takes them down as fast as it can when extremist groups post them anyway. But a question now before the Supreme Court is whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects Google and other platform operators from liability if their algorithms end up spreading harmful content.
February 1, 2023|Op-Eds & Commentary
Congress Should Stop the Impending Patchwork of Online Safety Laws
Louisiana’s new age verification law, which requires websites that host “material harmful to children” to verify the age of their users, should raise red flags for those concerned about safety and speech online. Allowing one state to dictate online rules will likely lead to 50 different standards, creating a byzantine patchwork of digital rules for businesses and consumers.
January 31, 2023|Blogs
If the Supreme Court Limits Section 230, It Will Change the Way the Internet Functions
The Supreme Court will hear in less than a month its first case related to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, an Internet law at the heart of recent tech policy debates. Depending on the court’s decision, online services of all kinds may have to fundamentally change the way their services operate, to consumers’ detriment.
January 23, 2023|Blogs
Fact of the Week: 36 Percent of Online Households Making $50,000 or Less Are Classified As Having Low Digital Skills
A national survey of households making $50,000 or less, all with at least some form of online connectivity, classified 36 percent of respondents as having low digital skills. 39 percent were in the high digital skills category.