April 9, 2018
Much of the political class in Washington, D.C. is currently holding its breath for the big event of the week: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s long-awaited Capitol Hill testimony, starting tomorrow morning before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees and continuing the next day before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
March 22, 2018
Privacy policies at Facebook—and, by extension, other major online platforms—have sparked furious debate in recent days because of the revelations regarding unauthorized data mining prior to the 2016 general election by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The controversy has, understandably, left many people wondering what can be done to better protect the data of Internet users, and even what new government policies might be called for.
January 29, 2018
Consumers will suffer from government efforts to create a nationalized 5G telecommunications network, and the rumoured plan to move in that direction needs to be stamped out immediately.
January 29, 2018
Rollbacks of federal regulation are a main element of the Trump administration’s economic recipe and deserve credit. It’s highly likely that the loosening of red tape will be highlighted in the State of the Union speech.
January 17, 2018
Regulation in the technology sector (beyond the absolute minimum necessary) is worse than government merely picking winners and losers—not just because government picks only losers, but because it fosters stagnation in the entire tech ecosystem.
Antitrust in particular (the original “...
January 8, 2018
Congress needs to ask the Government Accountability Office to provide a list of agency guidance documents that were properly submitted for review for purposes of the Congressional Review Act.
Instead, there have been recent letters inquiring if a particular guidance document counted as a “rules” and thus should have been submitted.
Let’s step back a bit.
January 2, 2018
Even when an administration tries to cut regulation, the number of rules from hundreds of federal agencies will vastly outstrip the number of laws Congress passes.
December 29, 2017
Today, Friday, December 29, 2017, is the last federal workday of the year.
This presents an opportunity to round up all rules and regulations produced by agencies appearing in the calendar-year 2017 Federal Register
The calendar year concluded with 61,950 pages in the Federal Register this morning. Here’s the cover.
December 27, 2017
President Donald Trump has made much news over slowing down the flow of regulations in 2017, and over new promises to reduce even more red tape in 2018.
But the question has come up over which regulations, exactly, did he get rid of.
And of the ones that Trump added—were they expensive?
What has clearly happened is that the flow of new regulations has dropped greatly.
December 21, 2017
In his call for regulation of the Internet sector—and not just of the Internet service providers whom he wanted to bow to net neutrality—former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is even going after Obama White House pals and...