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Cryptocurrency Finance Policy

Does the SEC Have a “Crypto Mom” Problem?

Commissioner Hester Peirce has been unusually vocal in expressing her opinion that the SEC has failed to articulate clear and consistent rules. But simply saying “there ought to be rules” isn’t adequate in the long run.   More

Education Media & Marketing Policy Tech Addiction

Spiritual Opium: China Limits Kids’ Online Gaming Time

Chinese officials unveiled tough new limits on the amount of time its young people can spend playing video games, calling them “opium for the mind.“  Let the experiment begin.   More

Cryptocurrency Finance Policy

The SoFi Battle That Won’t Go Away

A long-simmering conflict over fintech superstar SoFi got a fresh boost of energy when Rep. Brad Sherman sent a letter to SEC chairman Gary Gensler, calling the recent entry into the stock market “alarming” and “troubling.” Plus, hard lessons in regulating crypto.   More

Cryptocurrency Government Policy

The US Senate’s Sneaky Crypto Move

If you find it strange that the infrastructure bill snaking its way through Capitol Hill might fundamentally change how cryptocurrency transactions take place in the United States, you’re not alone.   More

Cryptocurrency Finance Policy

Stablecoin Regulation Is Coming Soon. But What Will It Look Like? (Part I)

Federal Reserve Stablecoin

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell seemed almost vexed by stablecoins in his recent testimony before House and Senate committees. Stricter US regulation is clearly imminent. Plus, why the UK dominates open banking.   More

Finance Government Policy

How to Keep Fintech From Being Predatory

The federal government and Congress *could* do so much more, but it's unlikely to do so, because too many of its members have been captured by the financial industry.   More

Community Insights Global Tech Policy

Dethroning Facebook’s Benevolent Dictator

Facebook concentrates far too much power in private hands. Working together with governments, its users must reign in Facebook's sweeping power and work towards a world of true human-centered digital connection.   More

Government Net Giants Policy Tech & Society

Breaking Up (Companies) is Hard to Do–But It Can Happen

AT&T was broken up in the 80’s. That same year, a giant antitrust suit against IBM was dropped. But both companies broke into parts. The past can instruct the present.   More

Community Insights Policy Security & Privacy

Tech is Not at a Crossroads–the Only Path is Towards Privacy

Trust, transparency, and ethics must become the foundation of our business ecosystem, writes this tech leader. But up until now, most companies have done little to protect customer privacy when revenue weighs in the balance.   More

Finance Government Policy

Slowly, Biden’s Fintech Approach Emerges

Although much remains opaque, the broad outlines of the Biden Administration’s regulatory handling of fintech are starting to come into view.   More

Democracy Net Giants Policy

Beyond the Trump Decision: Facebook’s Human Rights Problem

If we value our rights, we need to build durable, enforceable legal frameworks that can rein in demagogues and big tech alike.   More

Finance Policy

Are Fintechs Going Predatory?

21st-century technology makes it all too easy to use partnerships between banks and fintechs to create an end-run around local restrictions.   More

Inclusion Policy The Pandemic

“Moms Are Getting Crushed in This Pandemic”

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, discussed why we need a Marshall Plan for Moms.   More

Finance Policy

Robinhood: A Fintech Suicide

Live by the day-trading mob, die by the day-trading mob.   More

Community Insights Net Giants Policy

How To Fix Facebook: Treat Algorithms As Authors

Section 230 was never created with social networks in mind. We urgently need to hold the tech giants to account and there may be a creative way to amend the law to do it.   More

Media & Marketing Net Giants Policy

Why Social Media Ought to Know Its Customers

Facebook suggests that 5% of active monthly users are fake. Social media giants should look to banking's Know York Customer (KYC) tenets for solutions.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Policy

It’s Not Too Late for Digital Media Governance & Regulation

Public policy all too often lags behind technological advance. Just as with child labor laws and driving license requirements, lawmakers need to develop a framework for regulation of social media. Doing nothing is no longer an option.   More

Finance Government Policy

What to Expect from Gensler’s SEC: “Not Everyone Is Going to Be Happy”

Reports that President Biden will appoint former CFTC chairman Gary Gensler to head the SEC might seem destined to send panic waves through the financial community, but reality is a little more nuanced.   More

Net Giants Policy Techonomy Events

The Power of Big Tech: Where Does It Go From Here?

Twitter, Facebook, and a raft of digital platforms booted President Trump, his campaign, and many of his supporters in recent days. But should billionaire despots have such raw power? Three big tech experts gathered for a conversation on where we go from here.   More

Government Net Giants Policy

Celebrating the Flawed Facebook Lawsuit

Despite many questions about the huge U.S. antitrust assault on Facebook, it will at least accomplish one thing: make the company less likely to continue heedlessly doing so many irresponsible things.   More