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Protecting Journalism From Google

Clare Morell

To protect all publishers, but especially small ones, the United States should follow Australia, which this year began using antitrust-competition laws to unlock payments big enough to help journalism survive.

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National Review Online / October 23, 2021

How Sex Trafficking Funds the Taliban and Terrorism

Clare Morell

There is a critical intersection between human trafficking and illicit finance.

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Washington Times / September 16, 2021

On Regulating Social-Media Platforms, Follow Texas, Not Florida

Clare Morell

For all its strengths — especially its legal defensibility in court — Texas’s social-media law should be applauded and replicated. Indeed, it’s high time that other states around the nation go forth and follow.

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National Review Online / September 15, 2021

Setting the Record Straight on Reining in Big Tech

Clare Morell

Big Tech companies could be treated by statute as common carriers for purposes of applying antidiscrimination principles.

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National Review Online / August 5, 2021

On Censorship, Big Tech Has It Both Ways

Clare Morell

Tech companies enjoy the privileges of common carriers without the responsibilities. State antidiscrimination laws are one promising remedy.

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The Wall Street Journal / July 30, 2021

Conservatives Agree Big Tech Is a Problem, But Split on the Right Solution

Clare Morell

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Something must be done to stop Big Tech censorship, but what? Here’s how lawmakers differ when it comes to antitrust law, Section 230 reform, and common carrier law.

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The Federalist / July 8, 2021

INTERVIEW: The Right Is Still Divided on Big Tech

Clare Morell

In an interview with National Review’s Sean-Michael Pigeon, [Clare] Morell brings up the issue of antitrust, the real harms presented by tech companies, and the possibilities (and dangers) of bipartisanship on this issue.

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National Review / June 30, 2021

The PRO-SPEECH Act Is a Creative Solution to Censorship

Clare Morell

The unfair trade practices approach in Senator Wicker’s bill offers a creative path forward to countering Big Tech’s censorship.

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Newsweek / June 16, 2021

Florida Is Moving the Ball Forward Against Big Tech Censorship

Clare Morell

Florida, in its efforts to combat Big Tech’s censorship, is doing exactly what states in our constitutional order are meant to do—experiment with new types of law.

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Newsweek / June 4, 2021

How to Apply Non-Discrimination to Digital Platforms via Common Carriage

Clare Morell

The content moderation decisions of the dominant Big Tech conglomerates appear to many reasonable observers to be censorship of conservative speech. To remedy this problem, many have recently been looking to the common law doctrine of common carriage—particularly since Justice Clarence Thomas’s recent concurring opinion that highlighted this possible approach.

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Newsweek / May 25, 2021

Pressure on Big Tech from Republicans Is Working

Clare Morell

The chorus of voices on the Hill willing to hold the Silicon Valley giants accountable is only growing. The good news is that the new approach is working.

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Washington Examiner / April 25, 2021

Clarence Thomas is Right About Big Tech

Ryan T. Anderson

How should conservatives think about the intersection of property rights, government regulation, and Big Tech? Part of answering this question requires us to gain a better understanding of the American legal tradition’s sources, recovering them from recent distortions. Justice Clarence Thomas recently sought to educate us on just this.

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National Review Online / April 19, 2021