Privacy Legislation's Unintended Consequences, the Coming Car Revolution, and School Lunch Debt

Weekend Reads: May 17, 2019

Ron Wyden Wrote the Law That Built the Internet. He Still Stands by It — and Everything It’s Brought with It.

Emily Stewart | Vox | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

Social media platforms have recently come under fire from conservatives for content moderation and from liberals over data privacy. The architect of a law that gives them control over moderation stands by its original intent.

Would Privacy Legislation Actually Improve People’s Privacy?

Jim Harper | AEIdeas | Retweeted by Adam Thierer

Privacy legislation has the nearly impossible task of securing a subjective condition for every American. At its best, it would deliver consumers someone else’s sense of privacy.

Cars Will Change More in the Next Decade Than They Have in the Past Century

Claude C. Chibelushi, Dan Lewis, and Debi Roberts | The Conversation | Shared by Tyler Cowen

The look and feel of cars has changed dramatically in the past century, and the way they’re driven, designed, and powered is set to completely transform over the next decade.

Chobani Yogurt Announces It Will Pay off All of Rhode Island Warwick School District's Lunch Debt

Walter Einenkel | Daily Kos | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok

The Warwick School District in Rhode Island announced they would only serve kids with outstanding lunch debts sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches. After blowback from the policy, Chobani’s founder and CEO announced his company would pay off the debts.

Jet-Powered Flying Taxi Unveiled Following First Flight

Christopher Jasper | Bloomberg | Tweeted by Brent Skorup

After completing its first flight, German startup Lilium unveiled an electric passenger jet that could be used as a flying taxi. The plane will be emission-free, five times faster than a car, and use 10 percent as much energy as standard drones.

Stung by Tariffs, Farmers Seek Bailouts and More Protectionism

Eric Boehm | Reason | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

Although they are currently being hurt by tariffs, farmers are asking the Trump administration for more protection from foreign competitors. This shows the tendency for protectionism to lead to more of the same.

Tech: Economists Wanted

Tyler Smith | Journal of Economic Perspectives | Retweeted by Christine McDaniel

Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have large amounts of data, and need economists to help them solve the problems of the future highlighted by this data.

Class of 2019 Gets a Smaller Pay Raise

Kelsey Gee| The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Michael D. Farren

Salaries for entry-level jobs for new degree-holders is up slightly over last year, but is relatively flat compared to past years. Graduates often value purpose and other perks over wages.