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Professor James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland, provides excerpts from an article he wrote for Communications of the ACM. This piece comes out of his argument from his paper, “Speech Engines” about how best to think about search engines.
On Public Radio International’s The Takeaway, law professor Jeffrey Rosen, George Washington University, discusses the legal and privacy implications of law enforcement using facial recognition technology to match driver’s license photos and surveillance footage.
Privacy law is a rich and varied field, growing tremendously each year, said Professor Daniel Solove in an interview with TAP. Professor Solove spoke with TAP about his recent research, his security and privacy training program, as well as his thoughts about the public’s reaction to the NSA leaks.
Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, discusses a just-released report about data caps from the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. As a member of this committee and the sub-group, the Economic Impacts working group, Professor Greenstein has first-hand knowledge of the development of this report.
Due to the growing importance of mobile devices, app stores are among the most powerful intermediaries in the Internet ecosystem. Last week, in an unprecedented ruling, a federal court held that an app store wasn’t liable for the third party apps it distributed. This highlights the significant restrictions facing the pro-regulatory folks who want to turn app store operators into Internet cops.
In the wake of the ruling against Apple in the e-book price-fixing case, The Washington Post interviewed Professor Randy Picker, University of Chicago Law School, in order to understand the legal issues in this case and possible implications from the ruling on future antitrust cases.
Professor Mark Lemley’s new paper challenges the conventional wisdom that short trials favor patentees and questions whether trial location determines the outcome. In “Rush to Judgment? Trial Length and Outcomes in Patent Cases,” Professor Lemley and his co-authors discuss findings from their comprehensive study of every patent trial conducted in the United States between January 1, 2000, and June 30, 2011.
On the one year anniversary of the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee, member Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, reflects on his experience as a committee member.
Law professor Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland, challenges Big Data’s standing as a linchpin for solutions to problems such as obesity, traffic, and flu pandemics.
In his article for Wired magazine, Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain examines issues of censorship, content altering, and access restrictions that are unique to books in electronic formats.
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