PSA: Healthcare Tech Isn’t Just at the Doctor’s Office—It’s on Your Wrist

By Martin Hito and Madeline Zick Healthcare was an expectedly hot issue in the initial 2020 Democratic presidential debates, with candidates clashing over private versus public healthcare systems. In the past decade, lawmakers in Washington battled across the aisle and within party lines, arguing over the economic merits of potential healthcare reforms. And with the increased pressure on Democratic candidates to secure the rural vote, it comes as no surprise that most Democratic candidates have introduced plans specific to rural [...]

The N in FAANG: Netflix as a Cultural and Economic Phenomenon

  Part one of a five-part series on the effects of some of the biggest U.S. tech companies on the app economy. On this blog, we’ve written about how software platforms make it easier for developers to reach their intended audience. As theories of harm and general suspicion of platforms abound, now is the time to examine how they both altered and, in many ways, benefited the markets they’ve entered. In the case of Netflix, it helps to examine how [...]

DOJ: Antitrust is in the Eye of The Beholder

United States Attorney General William Barr made headlines a few weeks ago when he announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) was actively investigating “Big Tech” over antitrust concerns. Pairing together “Big Tech” and “antitrust” is a veritable political Yahtzee these days, but the DOJ’s statements on antitrust are worth a closer look as their definition of which companies deserve such scrutiny depends on who is doing the investigating. Just down the road at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency [...]

Rural Innovators Play a Key Role in the App Economy—Television White Spaces Can Help Them Do More

As we approach the 2020 election, Democrats and Republicans alike are increasingly interested in a key voting demographic: rural Americans. This isn’t without cause—this demographic has heavily swung red in recent years. With the impending election, Republicans have an interest in keeping these areas, while Democrats endeavor to understand the demographic well enough to get them to change loyalties. Intertwined with these political interests is the rural perception of the American economy: Namely, can rural Americans access basic, necessary services [...]

There’s a Platform for That

ACT | The App Association testifies before House Judiciary Committee on “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 2: Innovation and Entrepreneurship” On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, ACT | The App Association President Morgan Reed testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law as part of a series of hearings to inform the Committee’s inquiry into competition in digital markets amongst the tech giants of the United States: Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple (GAFA). [...]

Consumer Privacy Legislation and the Age of Uncertainty

I’ve been a member of ACT | The App Association since it was founded in 1998, and for the most part, I was a typical member: a software developer at a tech company. For the past five years, however, I have been a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. It was a major career change - I went from debugging code to evaluating business plans of high-tech startups and investing in the best ones. Venture capitalists spend all of their time [...]

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