- In a digital society, everybody can be a platform.
- In a digital society, the biggest problem is not anti-competitive behavior, it is parasitic behavior.
- In a digital society, the primary role of government should be to improve market efficiency and freedom with better information.
- In a digital society we should regulate the harm, not the technology.
- In a digital society technology can create problems before it creates solutions. This is a temporary inconvenience, not a fundamental law.
- In a digital society, technological solutions are preferable to regulatory solutions. Technology can evolve, adapt and route around damage. Regulation is a blunt instrument and prone to capture.
The Internet is the ultimate market, connecting people and information in more ways than they have ever been connected before. This will require new business models, organizations and practices in many industries, and this evolution must be allowed to occur. There is an important role for government, but it should be cautious and focused on addressing harm rather than speculative outcome engineering.
Defined, documented, defended rights have been crucial to economic growth in the industrial economy. Those rights remain crucial in an information economy. Appropriate intellectual property rights, balanced carefully with the rights of fair use and privacy, allow markets to emerge and incentivize entrepreneurs to create and exchange value. We also believe that business models and technology will do more than law to secure IP rights. As Google’s Eric Schmidt said, “the trick is to find legal and business mechanisms that allow people to be properly compensated for the intellectual property…”
Factories and roads are the infrastructure of the industrial economy. Broadband and Wireless are the infrastructure of the information economy. There is an important role for regulation and government, but government cannot keep pace with the pace of technological evolution. We believe in the moral and economic power of markets – genuine crowdsourcing – with government cautiously providing protection from harm and fraud.
Wireless networks need advanced traffic engineering standards that make all applications work well and try to restore some of the fairness missing in the original design. The Internet has always been designed for change and it is important that regulators recognize this fact and create policies that allow for the advancement of the Internet.
The Internet has become an economic, technological, and social phenomenon but this has brought with it a scourge of cybercriminals, cyber terrorists, and cyber spies. Cybersecurity depends upon innovations in the network and at the edges, and voluntary coordination between networks in the private and public sectors.
Streaming video and video games are two of the biggest and most important entertainment mediums on the Internet today. Not only are they important to the digital economy, but they are two mediums that are driving innovation both inside and out of technology silos.
Media and the press are of vital importance for information gathering and dissemination across our country. In many cases the media helps keep the policy and political process honest, and as such, an independent media that is not a tool of the Free Culture Movement that can find a way to be successful in the modern tech-vested marketplace can be beneficial to society.
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