There’s No Such Thing As a Tech Expert Anymore

There’s No Such Thing As a Tech Expert Anymore

Every time Congress holds a hearing about Silicon Valley companies, people mock the legislators for being out of their depth. Last week’s effort by the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee was no exception. “The technological ignorance demonstrated by our elected officials … was truly stunning,” Shelly Palmer, CEO at the Palmer Group, a…

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Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If you want to discourage folks from doing something naughty, tax the hell out of it. Take cigarettes, for example: On average, in high-income countries you get a 4 percent drop in demand for every 10 percent price hike. Or consider pollution: Countries like Sweden have begun to tax carbon to fight climate change—basically, you…

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