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In the Defense of Internet Data

In the Defense of Internet Data

The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has exacerbated the current dystopian view of the internet, leading to policy recommendations that strike at the heart of the digital economy. For example, the American Economic Liberties Project (AELP), an “anti-monopoly” group, recommends banning targeted advertising by THOMAS M. LENARD is president emeritus and a senior fellow of the Technology Policy Institute. communications platforms, arguing that the January 6 riot was to a large extent caused by the business models of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. The fundamental problem, according to the AELP, is that these “monopolists make billions from promoting misinformation, conspiracy theories, and violence.

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