Time to Regulate These Tech Titans

by on October 22, 2011 · 9 comments

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for decisive action. Cyberlaw scholars have been warning us for years that tech titans dominate the digital landscape.  Our leaders must act immediately to ensure that these 4 Internet gatekeepers don’t lock us in their walled gardens and turn us into their cyber-slaves. The future of Internet freedom is at stake. It’s market failure! There is no possibility of escaping their evil clutches. And there’s certainly no possibility markets will evolve to give us better choices. Only decisive regulatory action can give us a more competitive, innovative future.

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  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    This poster appeared in PC Computing magazine back in late 1990s. I used to have a copy on my wall back in the day. My Mercatus Center colleague Cord Blomquist kept one and hung it back up in the office recently just for kicks.  It’s really amazing how fast things change in this sector. Everything on this thing is obsolete now.

    [Note: I have not been able to find a digitized version of this thing online anywhere. I snapped a photo of this thing. If someone has nice version, please pass along a link. That is, if these nefarious gatekeepers let you!]

  • Scott Karbon

    No, only a new, true competitor will give us a better, more competitive, and more innovative future.

  • http://daleinnis.wordpress.com/ Dale Innis

    (Pssst, it’s satire!)

  • Jim Russell

    Let’s recall that these online services were, from a consumer point-of-view, prior to the Internet.  They were, indeed, separate online entities, and you dialed into them directly.

    If the Defense Department (i.e. the government) hadn’t poured a bunch of money into implementation of the “series of tubes”, the walls of these gardens might still be up.

  • Bret Reese

    Implementation and regulation are very different things. Competition among firms looking for a cure for cancer is good. Government funding for it is good. Government over-regulation, however, is a bad idea.

  • Fei Fong

    Who knew Compuserve even still existed, even in that convoluted form?  It’s like if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, or if a superhero has no powers and gets arrested, is that a hero: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2011/10/18/friend-foe-superhero-crime-fighter-phoenix-jones/

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  • immigration

    in this article the  implementation is important .

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