Scientific American's Too Simple Solution to Internet Regulation

Richard Bennett February 21, 2011
February 21, 2011

In his latest effort to explain the fallacy of simple fixes to a complex Internet, Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett takes on Scientific American—publication he has long admired—for its recent coverage of Internet regulation policy. Taking on a recent analogy, he writes, "If we take the shipping analogy just a step further, it doesn't make any sense for me to pay the same price per pound to ship the marine animals I buy on the Internet from Florida that need to be delivered overnight as for the 100 pound roto-tiller that spent ten days in transit. Live marine invertebrates aren't going to do well for ten days in a plastic bag half full of water, and air shipping a tiller from Ohio costs more than the machine is worth."