[Air-L] Open Internet (speech) and Economics

Ren Reynolds ren at aldermangroup.com
Thu Jun 25 14:56:16 PDT 2015

I’m pondering the question: can one argue that free speech is an economic good - or at the very least correlates to an increase in some economic measures such as, but not limited to, aggregate measures such as GDP.

There may be richer arguments about relationships to access, opportunity wealth distribution etc, but of the moment I’m just pondering gross measures. Thought i would be interested in these arguments too e.g. I could see that increased ‘speech’ of the privileged may lead to more private for them with drags gross economic indicators up.



> On 25 Jun 2015, at 17:53, Sarah Myers <sarahmye at usc.edu> wrote:
> Hi Ren,
> Could you be a little more specific about what you're interested in? I've been doing a lot of work on free speech issues and commercial Internet platforms, if that's relevant.
> Best,
> Sarah
> On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 8:45 AM, Ren Reynolds <ren at aldermangroup.com <mailto:ren at aldermangroup.com>> wrote:
> If anyone is working on the relationship between free speech on the internet and economics, particularly from a public policy point of view - I’d be interested in having a chat.
> ren
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