By discussing the case of two alleged video-poker cheats being prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Professor James Grimmelmann examines the ambiguity of the concept of “circumvention” in the law.
Do patents encourage innovation or impede it? It is a question many economists and patent lawyers have strived to answer over the years. Professors Mark Schankerman and Alberto Galasso bring new analysis to the patent & innovation debate in their VOX article, “Do Patent Rights Impede Follow-On Innovation?”
In a recent 60 Minutes interview, TAP scholar Alessandro Acquisti discusses his research on facial recognition search and its effect on privacy.
Eric Posner and Glen Weyl, both professors with the University of Chicago, co-wrote an op-ed for the Financial Times in which they discuss their proposal to improve the effectiveness of corporate shareholder voting. “Shareholder Democracy Needs People to Pay for Their Votes” outlines the professors’ system, which they call quadratic vote-buying (QVB).
Several TAP scholars are participating this weekend in the 11th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference
. Hosted by the International Industrial Organization, the 3-day conference will cover topics ranging from technology and information, access regulation and net neutrality, and search behavior to vertical contracts in high-tech industries, the effects of intellectual property policy, and the economic impacts of innovation.
During the May 9 State of the Mobile Net panel, “Mobile Location: The Policies of Where,” expert panelists discussed the potential advantages and pitfalls of mobile phone location services as related to privacy issues and how these issues are affecting consumers and Congressional decisions.
Due to the passing of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 in the Senate last week, there is growing attention on Internet sales tax. TAP highlights economics professor Jonathan Levin’s research into the impact of the Internet and the effect of sales taxes on the $150B Internet retail industry.
Several bills aiming to reform immigration legislation have been introduced in the House and Senate. TAP looks at scholarly work that delves into a few of the issues underneath the high-skilled immigration debates in Congress.
“Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age,” a conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, attracted an international group of intellectual property experts to debate the merits of introducing legal formalities to copyright law.
In his article for The New Yorker, Columbia University law professor Tim Wu discusses the current state of the net neutrality rules. In “The Coming War Over Net Neutrality,” Professor Wu states that the net neutrality rules are “a pricing truce for the Internet.”