Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has quickly transformed from an obscure law known mostly to tech policy experts to a regular feature in public debates and policy discussions. What is this brief, 25-year-old law making headlines, and how could reforming or repealing it impact our daily lives?
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April 6, 2021
Accurate statistics are critical for understanding the economy and making policy, as well as structural economic changes and economic performance.
April 5, 2021
Fact of the Week: Every Dollar of U.S. Government-Funded Defense R&D Leads to an Additional 52 Cents in Private R&D
Source: Enrico Moretti, Claudia Steinwnder, and John Van Reemen, “The Intellectual Spoils of War?: Defense, R&D, Produc
April 4, 2021
The lack of an American industrial policy made it easier for Korea and other nations to close the gap with America, and to surpass the U.S. in certain areas. But that may be finally beginning to change.
April 2, 2021
Intellectual property has proved to be indispensable in developing effective vaccines and therapeutics. Nevertheless, advocates have seized the moment to petition the WTO’s TRIPS Council not just to suspend patents, but also to reform national copyright laws governing digital access to knowledge, and data and text mining.
April 1, 2021
Given all the challenges America faces, the overarching goal for our economic policy should be spurring faster per-capita GDP growth, more innovation and greater national competitiveness, especially in advanced industries.
April 1, 2021
To advance the president’s ambitious agenda, the administration should develop and share U.S. genome data, require law enforcement agencies to share data, and create a publicly available national evictions database.
April 1, 2021
Extending liability beyond sellers to include the digital platforms they use to reach consumers would undercut the viability of many online marketplaces while doing very little to improve product safety. It would only leave consumers worse off in the long run.
March 31, 2021
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan proposes many laudable and much-needed investments and programmatic improvements to America’s innovation system. But they will only succeed if they are part of a holistic approach that’s complemented by other equally necessary policies, such as investments in workforce training and STEM education, and maintaining robust IP protections.
March 29, 2021
Fact of the Week: One Course of a COVID-19 Vaccine Has an Estimated Economic Benefit of More Than $5,800
Furthermore, an additional billion courses of the vaccine on top of the estimated three billion, if administered in April of this year, would net additional economic benefits of $989 billion.