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How to Regulate Digital Platforms: A Database

Over the past couple of years, many antitrust authorities commissioned expert groups or released working papers addressing different areas of digital policy. For the...

A Majority of Americans Don’t Trust Facebook, One Third Supports Breaking It Up

The annual Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index survey shows that 73 percent of Americans disapprove of Facebook’s policy not to fact-check political ads....

How Allowing a Little Bit of Dissent Helps the Chinese Government Control Social Media

A new study on three major social networks in China finds that tolerating small, relatively free platforms helps the Chinese government maintain sufficiently high...

How to Change Section 230 and Make Digital Platforms More Accountable

If elected, former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to "revoke immediately" the 1996 provision that gave tech companies like...

Should We Let Facebook Decide the Next President of the United States?

Facebook admitted that only a binding regulation on political ads could prevent private corporations from influencing the outcome of US presidential elections. Without such...

The Best Political Economy Books of 2019

A history of American antimonopoly, the case against Big Tech, and how Europe got better than the US at free markets: here are (in no...

High-Priced Acquisitions of Tech Startups Do Not Always Stimulate More Innovation

What seems to be a big reward to innovation ultimately reduces the incentive to innovate, argues a new Stigler Center working paper by Krishna...

The Intersection of Privacy, Data, and Competition

The issues around technology, data, and privacy are complicated, but solving them is less tricky that many companies would have Congress believe.     Editor’s note: The...

The Humbling of Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony this week illustrated just how much Facebook's top brass still underestimate the public anger against the company. Congress, however, is still...

The Good News: Fewer Americans Were Exposed to Fake News in 2018. The Bad News: This Probably Won’t Last

As it turns out, a majority of the American public is not bad at identifying disinformation. But as the 2020 election nears, the online...

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Prison Labor Can Create Perverse Incentives for Incarceration and Reduce Trust in Legal Institutions

Government proponents of prison labor should be mindful of the potential for negative effects, including increased incarceration rates and citizens’ deteriorating views...

Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Robinhood, Quibi, and Corporate America’s Addiction to Debt

Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

How Germany Managed to Outlaw Facebook’s Core Business Model

In a surprise ruling last month, the German Federal Court of Justice determined that Facebook must comply with an earlier decision by...

Tailoring Lockdowns for Developing Countries

The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated livelihoods in developing nations, and coronavirus-related deaths are rising in Africa and South Asia at an alarming...

Why Most Advertisers Can’t Afford to Boycott Facebook

While big brands can afford to pause their addiction to Facebook, most advertisers cannot participate, as they have become so dependent on...