Small Businesses Should Be Wary of a Breakup of Google

Small businesses may be causalities in Europe’s war against Google, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is rooting for Europe. Digital marketing is an important contributor to small business success. Digital marketing’s micro-targeting, ad performance tracking, low-cost experimentation, and quickly adaptable ads and budgets have allowed small businesses to expand and enter new markets. [...]

UK Microsoft-Activision Decision Hurts Consumers

It’s hard to draw a roadmap to a place no one has ever been. Yet that’s what the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is trying to do in blocking Microsoft’s acquisition of game-maker Activision. The regulator forecasted that cloud computing is the future of gaming, that Microsoft and Activision will be significant providers of [...]

AEI Section 230 Spring Summit

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is often referred to as the “26 words that created the internet.” Now, those words are the subject of a growing debate about their application and efficacy. From Supreme Court cases to state and national legislative proposals, the future of Section 230 is in question. Join AEI’s online [...]

Meta’s Expanded User Controls Are a (Cautious) Positive Step

Rumor is that Meta will allow users greater control over their Facebook Feed, which is the first thing a user sees when he or she logs into Facebook. More specifically, users will be able to “increase or diminish the presence of spam, sensitive, or ‘fact-checked’ content.” This is a step in the right direction, but [...]

States Should Avoid Heavy-Handed Approaches to Big Tech

Red states like Florida are fast becoming magnets for people with entrepreneurial drive and a desire to be free of heavy government regulations. In 2021, Florida added 2,715 new information technology (tech) businesses—more than any other state. Texas added 10,851 tech jobs in 2021, more than double California’s gain. Florida led the nation in net [...]