Redfin clashes with think tank on MLS antitrust

What would happen if the government mandated that real estate brokers make all their listings accessible publicly to everyone online, free-of-charge? It would result in “a tragedy of the commons,” argues Redfin…

Think tank says MLSs should be investigated for antitrust

A Washington, D.C.-based think tank is calling for federal regulators to investigate multiple listing services that restrict data from listing websites for possible antitrust violations. The nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), is also asking for state lawmakers to require brokers to provide free, unrestricted access to real estate listings …

Why irrational fears of technology slow down innovation

Daniel Castro, Vice President at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, explains how society often goes from the “tech-hype cycle” to the “tech panic cycle” and how irrational public fears create bad public policy and slow down innovation. As an example, he says that fears about privacy killed Google Glass …