In the digital realm as outside of it, the public has a right to insist on regulations where the safety of our kids is at stake.
Chris Griswold makes the case for protecting children online through the Kids Online Safety Act
On this episode of Talkin’ (Policy) Shop, Oren and Chris discuss how to protect kids online.
Attack social media’s dangerous design features
A case study on the public investments behind the Israeli economic miracle
American Compass’s Wells King argues that Silicon Valley’s founder myth has things backward, misunderstanding the source of the regime’s power and flattering its worst instincts.
American Compass research director Wells King discusses a promising conservative bill to rein in Big Tech’s monopoly power.
On this episode of Policy in Brief, Oren Cass is joined by Chris Griswold to discuss a proposal to create an online age-verification system to keep kids safe online.
Congress should create a publicly provided online age verification system that would allow any person to privately and securely demonstrate their age online.
Big Tech’s social media platforms are similarly exploiting children today. And just as policymakers needed to act to protect children then, they must do the same now.
Restrictions on investment in China are a good idea, to be sure. The taller and stronger the guardrails, the better. But holding incentives for domestic investment hostage to tougher restrictions on foreign investment may not be wise or necessary, for two reasons.
American Compass policy director Chris Griswold discusses the historical parallels between child labor in the 19th century and kids’ use of social media today, and suggests steps that policymakers can take to protect them from its harms.
Silicon Valley’s techno-optimists insist loudly on two contradictory points. On one hand, they celebrate the Internet and its associated innovations with phrases like “paradigm shift” and “creative destruction,” and celebrate themselves as the visionaries leading humanity into (unironically) a Brave New World. On the other, they reject the need for new public regulation, insisting that the legal frameworks of past eras are perfectly adequate to the task. Both cannot be true.
As we are belatedly coming to realize, online territory must be regulated—by people, not merely by economic laws or algorithms—but we have no idea how or by whom.
American Compass policy director explores policy options to protect children online with the same vigor that we protect them in the real world.
Privacy is another major casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments instituted expansive surveillance programs to enable contact tracing and corral the disease. Many of these programs are here to stay, as citizens get used to them or welcome them to avoid future quarantine and lockdowns.
Coming to terms with the importance of free speech means coming to terms with the reality that free speech will sometimes be used for abhorrent purposes. We protect bad speech on the grounds that the alternative—censorship—is even worse.
The early years of a technological revolution are not, generally speaking, happy ones.
The time has come to take stock of the Information Era and to govern it.