Is the UN trying to tax the Internet?

08 Jun

Every so often, we read stories reporting that some governmental agency is trying to tax the Internet. Their attempts consistently fail. Why is that?

The Internet is constantly growing and in a state of flux. New sites appear and old ones become stale. Regulators, by their nature, are always behind innovators. They write regulations that work on yesterday’s assumptions but try applying them to tomorrow’s Internet. It just does not work.

Yes yes yes, I know the Internet is an attractive target. Governments see an immeasurable pool of commerce but do not know how to regulate it. Therefore, they cannot tax it. Innovation will always outpace regulation. I am responding to


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