Entries by Carl Szabo

Truth and lies: Social media political ads

Carl Szabo is with the internet industry trade group, Net Choice.   “Senator Warren has said her health care plan will not increase taxes on the middle class. Many studies have said this is impossible. President Trump announced the border wall will be paid for entirely by Mexico. Should those types of statements be removed?” Szabo […]

A Tech Stakeholder Group Is Solidifying Its Presence in the Scooter Regulatory Arena

Morning Consult NetChoice eyes restrictive markets for advocacy work as it releases new e-scooter guidelines. After publishing its first white paper examining regulations of dockless e-scooters, a Washington e-commerce group representing the likes of Google, Lyft Inc. and Airbnb Inc. said it expects to lean more into micromobility issues in 2020. NetChoice, which also includes […]

California lawmakers push for data privacy protection

Nexstar Carl Szabo, the vice president of NetChoice, said stricter rules on data collection could hurt online business and consumers.  “We’re seeing a fracturing of the internet,” Szabo said. “There are going to be unintended consequences. People are going to see an increase in prices, or fewer offerings of stuff they really enjoy having.” Even […]

Jeopardizing Core U.S. Values: Tristan Harris’s Misguided Regulatory Proposal for the Technology Industry

Medium Sometimes we believe things so intensely that we lose sight of reality. And sometimes we are so certain of our infallibility that we ignore evidence that contradicts our beliefs. Social scientists call this phenomena confirmation bias. And so it is with Tristan Harris. Testifying before Congress this week, Harris laid out his belief that technology […]

Most Voters Say Congress Should Make Privacy Legislation a Priority Next Year

Morning Consult While it’s predicted that few federal legislative items will move in 2020 because of ongoing impeachment proceedings and the U.S. presidential election, Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel of industry group NetChoice, said he expects the election to “help move this forward” anyway. “Once everyone realizes the unconstitutional nature of a lot […]

NetChoice Voices Support for the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act

Today, NetChoice voiced support for the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, introduced by Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Wyden (D-OR) and by Reps. Khanna (D-CA) and Lee (D-CA). The Act would trigger an investigation into the unintended consequences of SESTA/FOSTA. SESTA/FOSTA amended Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and undermined sensible limits on liability for […]

Top 5 Tech Policy Predictions for 2020

Morning Consult But Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel of industry group NetChoice, which typically doesn’t support antitrust actions against large tech companies, sees the continued interest in antitrust as more of a political tool, saying that once someone pulls back the layers of an argument for breaking up big tech companies, there’s nothing […]

A DOJ Investigation is the Ticket to a Fairer Market for Live Music and Sport Fans

This week, U.S. House of Representative members Buck, Gaetz, McBath, and Sensenbrenner asked the Department of Justice to look into anti-competitive actions taken by Ticketmaster and Live Nation — and they were right to do so. Ten years ago, the Department of Justice approved the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation in a 10-year consent decree that expires in […]