Rhetoric around cybersecurity could be contributing to threat inflation and an emerging cyber-industrial complex. More verifiable evidence needs to be made public before deciding whether and how government intervention can help.
The FCC has designated a 50 MHz block of spectrum between 3650 and 3700 MHz as a "commons" for unlicensed use. Several parties have filed petitions for reconsideration in opposition to the designation.
As the world’s first decentralized digital currency, Bitcoin has the potential to revolutionize online payment systems and commerce in ways that benefit both consumers and businesses. Individuals can now avoid using an intermediary such as PayPal or submitting credit card information to a third party for verification—both of which often involve transaction fees, restrictions, and security risks—and instead use bitcoins to pay each other directly for goods or services.
Adam Thierer, senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, discusses his latest book Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom. Thierer discusses which types of policies promote technological discoveries as well as those that stifle the freedom to innovate. He also takes a look at new technologies — such as driverless cars, drones, big data, smartphone apps, and Google Glass — and how the American public will adapt to them.