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Many campuses have decided to outsource email and other services to “cloud” providers. Berkeley has joined in by migrating student and faculty to bMail, operated by Google. In doing so, it has raised some anxiety about privacy and autonomy in communications. In this post, I outline some advantages of our outsourcing to Google, some disadvantages, and how we might improve upon our IT outsourcing strategy, especially for sensitive or especially valuable materials.
Leading scholars with expertise in immigration have amassed a number of studies and articles that show the positive impact of high-skilled immigration on the U.S. economy and productivity.
In her recent papers, Professor Samuelson explores copyright law from three different perspectives: an author’s exclusive rights to derivative works; whether application program interfaces (APIs) of computer programs are copyrightable; and, she examines proposals for copyright reform.
The new Copyright Alert System is a collaborative effort between copyright owners (major record companies and Hollywood studios) and participating Internet service providers to curb online piracy. James Grimmelmann, New York University, and Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, explained aspects of the system.
Professor Giovanni Peri, University of California, Davis, shows that large economic gains are achievable if the immigration system is reorganized. He proposes three fundamental principles for reform.
Peter DiCola, associate professor at Northwestern University School of Law, speaks with TAP, sharing his thoughts on copyright law as it relates to the music industry.
Ryan Calo, University of Washington, provides a first-hand write-up of the Washington Law Review’s symposium, “The Disclosure Crisis.”
“The Economics of Network Neutrality,” by Nicholas Economides and Benjamin Hermalin, discusses the private and social benefits of allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as the telephone or cable companies, to charge content and application providers (e.g. Disney, Google, Microsoft, Netflix) for access to the ISPs’ residential customers.
TAP scholar Andrea Matwyshyn joins the social media panel at next week’s Eighth Annual JTIP Symposium. Additional topics to be discussed at this event will be net neutrality and FRAND.
Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are filing FAA applications to use drones for surveillance; however, civil rights groups and privacy advocates are raising concerns about lack of regulation.
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