The best innovative ideas are ones that not only fuel productivity gains and economic growth, but that change people’s lives for the better. This TAP blog explores the intersection of innovation and technology.
This past weekend, danah boyd spoke at the SXSW Interactive festival on how social networks and the media can accelerate certain ideas that create fear and anxiety.
Professor James Grimmelmann, New York Law School, examines Aereo’s plans to capture over-the-air TV signals and stream them to customers in the New York area against the U.S. copyright laws.
This week’s tech policy news includes stories about cybersecurity, innovation and economic growth, antitrust and competition policy, and online privacy.
Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, examines the impact of a service AT&T is developing that would let developers foot the bill for data usage in its apps.
Professor Nicholas Economides discusses his new article, co-authored with Benjamin Hermalin, on “The Economics of Network Neutrality.”
Jonathan Zittrain and Kendra Albert examine data-driven insurance pricing through the use of information gathered by GPS. The post discusses issues such as location tracking and data privacy.
Safari is not the only browser that has privacy protections that are being circumvented. Thousands of websites are also exploiting a loophole that circumvents IE cookie blocking based on a 10-year-old web standard called P3P.
TAP scholar Peter DiCola will be moderating a panel on “Copyright and the Future of Entertainment” at next week’s symposium on intellectual property and the influence of technology.
The Federal Communications Commission faces an uphill battle in its efforts to repurpose spectrum for the mobile market. Spectrum is scarce and needs to be used most efficiently, but that’s easier said than done. In his new paper, “Holdout in the Assembly of Complements: A Problem for Market Design,” E. Glen Weyl, University of Chicago, along with his colleague Scott Duke Kominers, delves into the issues involved with repurposing spectrum, and offers thoughts on a solution.