Professor James Grimmelmann provides a summary of the recent status conference on the Google Books case. Two things occurred: Judge Chin started threatening to put schedule pressure on the parties, and they let slip that they’re working on an “opt-in settlement.”
Last Thursday, leaders from the European Parliament joined the Congressional Internet Caucus to debate privacy, security and intellectual property. Videos are now available online.
Jonathan Zittrain joined The New York Times Room for Debate segment and championed to “Encourage More Hackathons.”
The explosion in demand for mobile and wireless devices like tablets and smartphones is driving policymakers to consider how to make more spectrum available for the growing array of wireless services. The spectrum used by wireless devices area is one portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. In 2011, policymakers will consider a number of proposals to reform the way that the increasingly crowded spectrum is managed.
Tomorrow TAP is hosting a Twitter TAPTalk on cybersecurity. Academic and industry thought leaders will share their expertise and opinions on cybersecurity concerns and policy debates. Join us tomorrow, Wednesday July 13th at 2 p.m. EDT, by using the hashtag #TAPtalk on Twitter.
It has been 30 years since the 100-year monopoly of AT&T in US telecommunications was broken into 14 pieces for rampant violations of antitrust laws. Now AT&T proposes to buy T-Mobile, reducing the number of nationwide wireless competitors from four to three. Obama should not allow this merger that would bring AT&T very close to creating Ma Bell version 2.0 for the 21st century.
Once again, journalists and hill staffers are contending with economic terms like “tying,” “bundling”, “vertical” and “horizontal.” This blog offers a brief guide to basic vocabulary.
Antitrust and anticompetitive behavior investigations have been in the news recently. Given the rapid rate of technological change within IT industries, is it possible for a business to invest in innovation, remain competitive, and not encounter accusations of antitrust violations?
Who isn’t talking about cybersecurity these days? With the recent hacks on major organizations, a new generation of politically-minded cyber “hacktivists,” and a White House cybersecurity proposal, there are many issues to debate. TAP will be opening the floor for conversation at our second #TAPtalk on Wednesday, July 13, 2 p.m. EDT.
Professor Paul Ohm discusses the upcoming Supreme Court case, United States v. Jones. It is a case in which the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals suppressed evidence of a criminal defendant's travels around town, which the police collected using a tracking device they attached to his car. It is anticipated that this will be a landmark case on several privacy issues.