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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our CNET Column: "Just say no to Ma Bell-era Net neutrality regulation"

CNET has just run the guest column, "Just say no to Ma Bell-era Net neutrality regulation," Adam Thierer and I wrote in response to "Just say no to fake Net neutrality" by Derek Turner (of Free Press), which decried the win-win-win compromise suggested by Amazon's Paul Misener, just as Free Press has more recently denounced the compromise proposed by Google and Verizon.

We make a few key points:


  1. History demonstrates the dangers of regulatory capture, and the costs to consumers of regulation from lost investment and innovation.

  2. These dangers and costs far outweigh the purported benefits of regulation (in addressing a non-existent harm).

  3. Broadband markets are competitive enough to prevent the kinds of abuses advocates of net neutrality regulation fret about.

  4. Government could foster more broadband competition by deregulating spectrum and local wireline franchising.


I've been having a lively debate with the commenters on the piece, so feel free to join in! Unfortunately, we don't seem to be getting much substantive engagement with our argument--just the usual mix of "These guys are just corporate whores!" and "Can't you see the sky is falling?"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:21 AM | Broadband, Neutrality

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Join Us for pii2010 "Privacy Identity Innovation 2010" Conference in Seattle 8/17-19!

If you're as fascinated as I am by the interplay of privacy, identity and innovation, I hope to see you at the pii2010 conference in Seattle, August 17-19! Organized by the folks who've put on the top-notch Tech Policy Summit since 2003, and co-sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation (among others), this event offers a truly unique perspective on privacy--not just another policy food fight, but a true roll-up-our-sleeves, in-depth seminar on what to do about privacy, especially through technological innovation.

I'll be on the "pii & Digital Advertising: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape" panel on the 18th at 10am, giving my usual talk about the need to be careful about the trade-offs inherent in privacy regulation. Check out the detailed agenda here.

TLFers Larry Downes and Carl Gipson will also be attending, so we're planning a long-overdue "Alcohol Liberation Front" happy hour after the conference on August 18--details to be announced soon.

Check out the discussion around the #pii2010 hashtag on Twitter. And register today! Mid-August is supposed to be paradise in Seattle, and the week of the conference also happens to be Seattle GeekWeek, so there are a bunch of other events worth checking out in town before and after the pii2010 conference.

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:38 AM | Privacy

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Livetweeting Another Senate Online Privacy Hearing Today (2pm EST)

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold yet another hearing today (7/27/10) at 2pm Eastern with two panels:


  • Witness Panel 1

    • FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz

    • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski



  • Witness Panel 2

    • Guy "Bud" Tribble, Apple's VP for Software Technology

    • Bret Taylor, Facebook CTO

    • Alma Whitten, Google's Privacy Engineering Lead

    • Jim Harper, Cato Institute

    • Dorothy Atwood, AT&T's Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Chief Privacy Officer

    • Prof. Joe Turow, University of Pennsylvania




Join me to watch the livecast. I'll be livetweeting on the #Privacy hashtag.

I summed up most of my thoughts on the online privacy issue in my written testimony to the FTC's privacy roundtable last fall. Also check out my paper Privacy Polls v. Real-World Trade-Offs, which explains why Prof. Turow's polls can't really show us what choices consumers would make if actually presented with the trade-off between locking down on the use of their data and the content and services supported by advertising that relies on that data for its value.

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:39 PM | Privacy

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Friday, July 23, 2010

NRO Op/Ed: Government v. Google: Why Free Marketeers Should Rally Against Search Neutrality

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Thus did Ronald Reagan capture the essence of big government. The two biggest challenges facing defenders of free markets in technology policy lie in Reagan's second point:


  • Telling the "Good News Story" about how "it" (human ingenuity--what the great economist Julian Simon called our "Ultimate Resource") keeps "moving" (by inventing new hardware, software, services, etc.)

  • Holding the line against efforts to extend the regulatory regimes of the past over new technologies, and chipping away at those regimes as best we can


So one might think that believers in limited government would celebrate a company like Google as a great American success story: A university research program launched by two smart kids (one of whom fled Communist oppression) that grew from a garage start-up into a global tech titan whose wide-ranging innovations are revolutionizing more and more of the economy. Surely free marketeers would rally to the defense of such a company when, say, the New York Times--that if-it-moves-regulate-it bastion--calls for bringing "into the regulatory fold," right?

Unfortunately, all too many free marketeers seem willing to hang Google out to dry, or at least stay silent because they resent the pro-regulatory policy positions taken by the company or the political leanings of its employees and leadership. The company has hardly been a champion of digital capitalism in Washington, allying itself with a number tax/regulate/subsidize groups, pushing for net neutrality regulation, and using antitrust as a sword against its rivals (some of whom seem willing to return the favor). But the principles at stake are too important for free marketeers to gloat, as Adam Thierer argued in an op/ed for National Review Online earlier this week: Government vs. Google: Why Free Marketeers Should Rally Against "Search Neutrality."

Continue reading NRO Op/Ed: Government v. Google: Why Free Marketeers Should Rally Against Search Neutrality . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:24 PM | Neutrality

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Livetweeting Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2010 Conference: Watch Livecast Now!

I'm in the Valley today livetweeting the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2010 conference. Check out the exciting agenda or join the discussion on Twitter (#NewSpace2010).

The conference runs all weekend, 8:30-5:30 Pacific time. As readers may know, I've been involved with the Foundation since 2005, was chairman 2008-2009 and was just re-elected to its Board of Directors. Here's the Foundation's credo:

The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.

Our goals include protecting the Earth's fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space.

Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.

The livecast video follows below:

Continue reading Livetweeting Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2010 Conference: Watch Livecast Now! . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:20 PM | Space

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

We Need "New York Times Neutrality"--NOT!

I've long been a fan of Danny Sullivan, who edits Search Engine Land, and probably knows more about search engines than anyone outside the companies that actually run them. But my respect for his wit, eloquence and perspective  has reached new heights with his latest piece:  The New York Times Algorithm & Why It Needs Government Regulation, a lampoon of the NYT's foolish call for search neutrality in an editorial yesterday, turning the Times' arguments right back at them, and pointing out the hypocrisy by which the established press often tries to deny First Amendment protection to newcomers to the speech business. Danny's post is truly a masterpiece of satire, worthy of Jonathan Swift. But one section deserves special attention:

I've been covering the search space closely for nearly 15 years, from before Google itself even existed, so I have seen these types of claims far longer and examined them in far more depth than what went into that New York Times editorial.

My guess is that the editorial staff (the staff that writes the newspaper's editorials, which are opinion pieces, which is confusing when the newspaper also has an editorial staff that writes "editorial" stories elsewhere that are supposed to be unbiased) spent about an hour or so discussing recent Google news, then someone was probably assigned to write the editorial and invested all of about three hours on it.

That's not much time or care for a major and well-respected newspaper (in many quarters) to decide the government should evaluate "fairness" when it comes to making editorial judgments in search results, be they from Google or any other search engine.


I'm afraid Danny's right. What a shameful day for the "Grey Lady." Anyway, here are a few of the pieces Adam and I have written about the dangers inherent in the seductive idea of search neutrality:

Continue reading We Need "New York Times Neutrality"--NOT! . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:37 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Sen. Klobuchar Stirs Up Facebook Child Safety Technopanic

Sen. Amy Klobuchar just released a letter to Facebook demanding the site require "a prominent safety button or link on the profile pages of users under the age of 18"--akin to the so-called "panic button" app launched earlier this week by the UK's Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP). She doesn't seem to realize that this app is available to all Facebook users, not just those in the UK. But her focus on empowerment tools and education is admirable, and it's certainly a fair question to ask what sites like Facebook and MySpace are doing in these areas.

Unfortunately, Klobuchar's letter also engages in blatant fear-mongering:

Recent research has shown that one in four American teenagers have been victims of a cyber predator.  And when teens experience abusive behavior online, only ten percent discuss it with their parents and even fewer report the misconduct to law enforcement.  It's clear that teenagers need to know how to respond to a cyber attack and I believe we need stronger reporting mechanisms to keep our kids safe.

Klobuchar doesn't actually cite anything, so it's not clear what research she's relying on. The 25% statistic is particularly incendiary, suggesting a nationwide cyber-predation crisis--perhaps leading the public to believe 8 or 9 million teens have been lured into sexual encounters offline. Perhaps the Senator considers every cyber-bully a cyber predator--which might get to the 25% number. But there are two serious problem with that moral equivalence.

First, to equate child predation with peer bullying is to engage in a dangerous game of defining deviancy down. Predation and bullying are radically different things. The first (sexual abuse) is a clear and heinous crime that can lead to long-term psychological damage. The second might be a crime in certain circumstances, but generally not.  And it is even less likely to be a crime when it occurs among young peers, which research shows constitutes the vast majority of cases. As Adam Thierer and I noted in our Congressional testimony last year, there are legitimate concerns about cyberbullying, but it's something best dealt with by parents and schools rather than prosecutors (like Klobuchar in her pre-Senate career).

Second, a series of official taskforces have concluded that the cyberpredator technopanic is vastly overblown.

Continue reading Sen. Klobuchar Stirs Up Facebook Child Safety Technopanic . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:46 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FTC Enforcement of Corporate Promises & the Path of Privacy Law

Adam and I have been pretty hard on the FTC's current leadership for pushing to dramatically expand regulation of online data use with little thought to the impact on ad-supported media, while in the next breath opening the door to dramatic expansion of direct government support of media, and all the while seeking sweeping new regulatory powers from Congress.

After all that complaining (and bashing their Soviet Realist-style statue, "Man Controlling Trade"), you might think we had it in for the agency. But as I've said repeatedly, we're actually big fans of the FTC's core consumer protection mission: holding companies to their promises. (Indeed, we want to make sure they stay focused on that mission, and have the staff, resources and technological tools to pursue it effectively--which might mean, as I've pointed out, increased funding rather than increased powers.) We've also repeatedly praised the FTC's efforts to educate kids, parents, and Internet users in general about things like online privacy, advertising, spyware, user empowerment tools, online scams, etc.

But I don't want to be accused of being only a fair-weather friend of the agency. So I wanted to point out a particularly good concrete example of the FTC doing what we talk about in the abstract: holding companies to their promises.  Grant Gross notes that the FTC sent a stern letter earlier this month to the company that is seeking to buy the subscriber info and photos and other assets of the now-defunct XY Magazine, which served primarily gay U.S. teens, warning them that the FTC would hold them to the terms of the privacy policy under which XY collected information from its subscribers.

This is a great example of how the FTC can effectively use its existing authority to protect consumers against clear harms involved in the disclosure of truly sensitive data, sometimes even prophylactically--in this case, outing around 100,000 gay youths and young adults--collected by companies that make unambiguous promises to protect users' data. This incident also illustrates how privacy law can evolve in an organic fashion from a growing body of such well-justified preemptive warnings, enforcement actions brought against truly bad actors, and ultimately court decisions that decide whether the FTC has properly weighed the interests at stake. In other words, just because we don't have a privacy code enforced by a Data Protection Authority as in Europe doesn't mean our legal system doesn't protect privacy!

Continue reading FTC Enforcement of Corporate Promises & the Path of Privacy Law . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:51 AM | Privacy

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Second Circuit: Pacifica Is Outdated, All Media Deserve Full First Amendment Protection

The Second Circuit just threw out the FCC's broadcast indecency rules--which had led to heavy fines for "fleeting expletives"--as "unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here." What's ultimately most important about this decision is not what the court did, but what it said: The Constitutional framework that has allowed broadcast censorship has been rendered obsolete by the rise of the Internet and parental empowerment tools for new and old media.

In short, the court utterly rejected the Supreme Court's 1978 Pacifica decision--which gave the FCC great discretion in regulating indecency on broadcast radio and television in order to protect children who might be in the audience during daytime and early evening hours, citing the unique "pervasiveness" and "invasiveness" of broadcasting into the home.  The court fully embraced what we've been saying for years--neither rationale holds true anymore:

we face a media landscape that would have been almost unrecognizable in 1978. Cable television was still in its infancy. The Internet was a project run out of the Department of Defense with several hundred users. Not only did Youtube, Facebook,and Twitter not exist, but their founders were either still in diapers or not yet conceived. In this environment, broadcast television undoubtedly possessed a "uniquely pervasive presence in thelives of all Americans."

The same cannot be said today. The past thirty years has seen an explosion of media sources, and broadcast television has become only one voice in the chorus. Cable television is almost as pervasive as broadcast....  The internet, too, has become omnipresent, offering access to everything from viral videos to feature films and, yes, even broadcast television programs.... Moreover, technological changes have given parents the ability to decide which programs they will permit their children to watch. (15-16)


Thus, the Second Circuit all but begged the Supreme Court to throw out Pacifica completely, but quickly noted that it is "bound by Supreme Court precedent, regardless of whether it reflects today's realities" (17). Fortunately, the court was able to reach the same result on vagueness grounds. It's worth reading this key passage to see what a consistent approach to the First Amendment would look like:

Continue reading Second Circuit: Pacifica Is Outdated, All Media Deserve Full First Amendment Protection . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:48 AM | Free Speech

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Google Street View/Wi-Fi Privacy Technopanic Continues but Real Cybersecurity Begins at Home

Congressmen working on national intelligence and homeland security either don't know how to secure their own home Wi-Fi networks (it's easy!) or don't understand why they should bother. If you live outside the Beltway, you might think the response to this problem would be to redouble efforts to educate everyone about the importance of personal responsibility for data security, starting with Congressmen and their staffs. But of course those who live inside the Beltway know that the solution isn't education or self-help but... you guessed it... to excoriate Google for spying on members of Congress (and bigger government, of course)!

Consumer Watchdog (which doesn't actually claim any consumers as members) held a press conference this morning about their latest anti-Google stunt, announced last night on their "Inside Google" blog: CWD drove by five Congressmen's houses in the DC area last week looking for unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. At Jane Harman's (D-CA) home, they found two unencrypted networks named "Harmanmbr" and "harmantheater" that suggest the networks are Harman's. So they sent Harman a letter demanding that she hold hearings on Google's collection of Wi-Fi data, charging Google with "WiSpying." This is a classic technopanic and the most craven, cynical kind of tech politics--dressed in the "consumer" mantle.

The Wi-Fi/Street View Controversy


Rewind to mid-May, when Google voluntarily disclosed that the cars it used to build a photographic library of what's visible from public streets for Google Maps Street View had been unintentionally collecting small amounts of information from unencrypted Wi-Fi hotspots like Harman's. These hotspots can be accessed by anyone who might drive or walk by with a Wi-Fi device--thus potentially exposing data sent over those networks between, say, a laptop in the kitchen, and the wireless router plugged into the cable modem.

Google's Street View allows you to virtually walk down any public street and check out the neighborhood

Continue reading Google Street View/Wi-Fi Privacy Technopanic Continues but Real Cybersecurity Begins at Home . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:42 AM | Privacy, Security

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Privacy MythBusters: No, Facebook Doesn't Give Advertisers Your Data!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:56 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stupid People, Stupid Lawsuits, Stupid Warning Labels & the Coming Digital Tort Reform Fight

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:24 PM | Intermediary Deputization & Section 230, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Don't Like Apple's "Censorship" of Apps Content? Use Your iPhone or iPad Browser!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:23 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Joint CDT-PFF-EFF Comments on FTC's COPPA Review & the Dangers of COPPA Expansion

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:23 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

What the Oil Spill Really Says About Net Neutrality: Regulatory Capture v. the Nirvana Fallacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:22 PM | Broadband, Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Follow-up on April Senate COPPA Hearing

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:53 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Three Cheers for Facebook's Privacy Management Upgrade

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:53 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PFF Event Recap: Nuts & Bolts of Online Privacy, Advertising, Notice & Choice

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:53 AM | Advertising & Marketing, PFF Podcasts, Privacy

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Facebook Triggers Another False Alarm over Corporate "Censorship"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:02 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Free Speech, Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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More Zittrainian Nonsense about "The Death of the Open Web"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:02 AM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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"The Rise and Fall of Information Empires" & Constant Growth of Regulation"The Rise and Fall of Information Empires" & Constant Growth of Regulation

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:42 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shameless Self-Promotion: Vote for Me for DC Bar Computer & Telecom Section!

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Government Transparency & Smarter Regulation through Standardized Data Use

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:57 PM | Privacy, e-Government & Transparency

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PFF Hill Briefing 5/24 @ Noon: Nuts & Bolts of Online Privacy, Advertising, Notice & Choice

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:50 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

PFF TechCast #5: Concerns about the Boucher-Stearns Privacy Bill

posted by Berin Szoka @ 6:28 PM | Advertising & Marketing, PFF Podcasts, Privacy

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What's Yours is Mine: The Dangerous Implications of a "Right" to Free Credit Scores

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:35 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Copyright, Privacy, The FTC

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

PFF TechCast #4: Senate Testimony on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:18 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, PFF Podcasts, Privacy

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 21: State of the Mobile Net & Growing Up Mobile Seminar in DC

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:10 AM | Events, Free Speech, Privacy

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Gizmodo Shows Online Competition is Thriving: Microsoft v. Google v. Apple (and Others!)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:08 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Obama Champions Private Enterprise in Space over Bipartisan Support for Socialist NASA Program

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:06 AM | Space

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Reminder: PFF Hill Briefing Today on Super-Sizing the FTC & What It Means for the Internet, Media & Advertising

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:22 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Events, The FTC

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

3 Upcoming Events: Super-Sizing the FTC (4/16), FTC v. Google on AdMob (4/15) & Must-Carry (4/27)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:35 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Events, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Digital Due Process: Protecting Americans' Privacy by Restoring Constitutional Limits to Government in ECPA

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:29 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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PFF Briefing 4/16: Super-Sizing the FTC & What It Means for the Internet, Media & Advertising

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:26 PM | Advertising & Marketing, E-commerce, Privacy, The FTC

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

FTC Announces Broad COPPA Review for Children's Online Privacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:24 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Great Pessimist Satire on the Post-Print World

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:21 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Monday, March 22, 2010

FTC Chairman Leibowitz: Just Trust Us, We Won't Abuse Vast New Powers!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:19 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy, The FTC

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Luddites of the World Unite! 199 Years of Future-Phobia

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:14 AM | Innovation, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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How Financial Overhaul Could Put the FTC on Steroids & Transform Internet Regulation Overnight

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:09 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Intermediary Deputization & Section 230, Privacy

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WaPo Slaps the "The FCC's visible hand"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:09 AM | Broadband

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

National Broadband Plan on Privacy Regulation: Another FCC Power-Grab

posted by Berin Szoka @ 2:12 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Broadband, Privacy

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Monday, March 15, 2010

A Busy Week for Tech Policy: Broadband Plan, Privacy Regulation, .COM Anniversary & FTC Authority

posted by Berin Szoka @ 6:50 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Broadband, Privacy

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Two Cheers for the Treasury Department on Internet Freedom!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:20 AM | Open Source, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, e-Government & Transparency

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Antitrust Regulators Approve Microsoft/Yahoo! Search Partnership--Finally!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:22 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy

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"Publication Privacy" is Thriving: Facebook, Google Buzz & the Future of Sharing

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:19 AM | Privacy

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Privacy Innovation: Adobe Flash Supports Private Browsing & Deletes Flash Cookies

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:48 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy, Privacy Solutions

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Glen Robinson, Communications Law Giant, Speaks at George Mason Law Thursday 2/18 @ 4 pm

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:29 PM | Communications, Events, Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Google Buzz is No "Privacy Nightmare" (Unless You're a Privacy Paternalist)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:13 AM | Privacy

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FCC's Genachowski Promises He's Not Out to Regulate Net, New Media

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:27 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Free Speech, Media Regulation, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Google Buzz: Encouraging Privacy by Design v. Privacy Paternalism

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:11 AM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Major Decision on Community Standards for Internet Governance & More on Judicial Transparency

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:10 AM | Free Speech, e-Government & Transparency

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Final Hearing on Google Books Settlement on February 18--But Not On Web?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:08 AM | Copyright, e-Government & Transparency

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Friday, February 5, 2010

OSTWG, Child Protection, Privacy & Data Retention Mandates v. "Behavioral" Advertising

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:25 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Friday, January 29, 2010

FCC's Privacy Inquiry for National Broadband Plan

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:49 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last Call for Summer 2010 Internship Applications through Google & Koch Fellowships!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:16 PM | PFF

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Internet Consolidation Can Be Good for Privacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:19 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Appleplectics, Googlephobia, Privacy

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Robotic Prostitution, Parental Controls, Caprica & Sex in the Uncanny Valley

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:06 AM | Online Safety & Parental Controls, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Fiercely Competitive Mobile OS & Device Markets

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:36 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Google & Openness: Allows Adblocking Extensions in Chrome

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:33 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Political Ads: Good for Publishers, Not Harmful to Advertising Overall

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:30 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2010: The Year of "Everything Neutrality"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:49 AM | Broadband, Neutrality

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beware Of Space Junk: Global Warming Isn't the Only Major Environmental Problem

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:35 PM | Innovation, Space

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Amazon's Supposed e-Book "Monopoly" Isn't "In-Scribd" in Stone

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:18 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, E-commerce

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Facebook Privacy Controls Change & EPIC's FTC Complaint

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:18 PM | Privacy

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Congresswoman, CALM Thyself! LA Times Eschews Eshoo Nanny State Bill to Regulate Ad Volume

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:25 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Anti-Obesity Activists "Grease" Skids for Unconstitutional, Unnecessary Food Advertising Restrictions

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:39 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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EC Closes Browser Ballot Chapter in Endless Epic of Microsoft Persecution with Dangerous Precedent

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:38 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Neutrality

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cutting the Video Cord: Pro-Regulatory NYT Realizes "Cable Freedom Is a Click Away"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:20 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Cable

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Online Advertising: The Great Debate, Part II (12/9, 10am Eastern)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:03 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Privacy & Advertising Discussions in DC Dec. 7 & 9

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:17 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Private Enterprise, Moore's Law & Accessibility Innovation Are Empowering the Disabled

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:22 PM | Innovation, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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How the iPhone "Disrupted" Microsoft's Windows Mobile

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:20 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Bob Barr Denounces Cyberbullying Criminalization

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:20 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Mobile Blogging: WordPress on Android

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:44 AM | Innovation, Software

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How the iPhone "Disrupted" Microsoft's Windows Mobile

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:39 AM | Innovation

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Apple Empowering Users to "Sell" Their Attention to Advertisers for "Free" Stuff

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:46 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Appleplectics, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Privacy Hearing & Briefings This Week: More Non-sense about Non-harms of Online Advertising

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:43 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Perpetual Techno-Hysteria about Mergers

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:54 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Privacy Trade-Offs: PFF Comments on December 7 FTC Privacy Workshop

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:53 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy, Security

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Odlyzko on Net Neutrality, Price Discrimination, PrivacyFail, Search & Cloud Neutrality

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:46 PM | Add category, Broadband, Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Europeans Obstruct Oracle/Sun Deal

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:16 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Open Source, Software

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Google's Privacy Dashboard: Another Major Step Forward in User Empowerment & Transparency

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:55 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy, Privacy Solutions

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Internet Freedom": How Statists Corrupt Our Language

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:32 AM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Net Neutrality, Slippery Slopes & High-Tech Mutually Assured Destruction

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:40 PM |

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Cloud Computing to Grow Rapidly

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:40 PM | E-commerce

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Software: the Public Option? Genachowski's Government iTunes Apps Store

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:38 PM | Copyright, Free Speech, e-Government & Transparency

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Nanny State Says: "Shhhhh! That Commercial is Too Loud!"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:36 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Media Regulation

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My Net Neutrality Debate with Public Knowledge

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:35 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Innovation, Neutrality

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Teen Sexting: Punish or Educate ?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 7:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Economic Importance of Ad Networks: "Market Makers," Not Parasites

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:58 PM | Advertising & Marketing

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Social Advertising Is Just Around the Corner: Why A Facebook Ad Network Would Benefit Users

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:54 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Cyberbullying Hearing Yesterday: Education, not Criminalization or Intermediary Deputization

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:54 PM | Free Speech

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Verizon CTO Endorses Metered Broadband, Which Should Allay Net Neutrality Concerns

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:54 PM | Broadband, Neutrality

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Le JPA est Mort, Vive l'Affirmation!: ICANN's New Agreement With the Department of Commerce

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:54 PM | Internet Governance

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Net Neutrality Regulation => Online Product/Service Definitions => Online Taxation

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:40 AM | Broadband, Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Humbling the Mighty: How the Internet's Media Abundance Killed the News Embargo

posted by Berin Szoka @ 7:38 AM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The "Manipulative" Market

posted by Berin Szoka @ 7:36 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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The Washington Post Slams Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:32 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Do Americans Really Want "Net Neutrality" Regulation?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 7:40 AM | Broadband, Neutrality, Privacy

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Why Won't NASA Buy Commercial Launches?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:34 PM | Space, State Policy

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The Economist Launches "Schumpeter" Column on Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Dynamism

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:38 PM | Innovation, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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The Changing Face of News Media: HuffPo v. WSJ v. WashPo v. NYTimes

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:35 PM | Innovation, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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More Innovation in Search: Google in Near-Real-Time

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:31 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Courts Confront Changing Attitudes towards Privacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:30 PM | Privacy, Security

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George Gilder's Micrososm: Hardware as Ideas

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:23 PM | Innovation, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, What We're Reading

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More on the FCC's e-Government Transparency Efforts: ECFS, RSS, Social Media & Setting Priorities

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:36 PM | e-Government & Transparency

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bret Swanson's "Leviathan Spam": A Poetic Rebuttal of Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:21 PM | Net Neutrality

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The News Frontier: Innovation in Journalism Is Hard but Necessary

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:37 AM | e-Government & Transparency

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Friday, September 11, 2009

An No-Brainer Immigration Reform: Visas for Start-up Founders

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:18 PM | Innovation

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Meetup.com: Tocqueville's Democracy in (Digital) America

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:18 PM | Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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WordPress Worm: Cyber-Security Begins at Home

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:18 PM | Cyber-Security, Privacy

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A First-Hand Perspective on Advertising to Kids, Acquisitiveness & Parental Responsibility

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:15 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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A Bing Skunkworks: a Solution to Microsoft's Innovator's Dilemma?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:15 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Innovation

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Can Design Innovation Save Newspapers? No, but...

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:15 PM | Mass Media

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Digital Economics is Transforming News Media; Are Universities Next?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:15 PM | Education, Innovation

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Microsoft's Bing Leads in Bringing Social Functionality to Search

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:13 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Innovation

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Privacy War II: A Historical Comparison, Not a Moral Equation

posted by Berin Szoka @ 1:27 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

George Gilder's Microcosm: How Entrepreneurial Capitalism Creates & Uplifts

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:54 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, What We're Reading

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Privacy War II (Part 1): Attack of the Anti-Advertising Axis

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:43 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Privacy

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RFK's Peaceful Progress, JFK's New Frontier, Technological Dynamism & Pragmatic Techno-Optimism

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:42 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Cutting the Video Cord: US Open Streamed Online for "Free"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:40 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Cable

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Privacy Elitists Launch All-Out Attack on Personalized Advertising Online

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:37 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ron Paul's Federal Reserve Audit: Why Not Mandate Data Disclosure in XBRL?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:42 AM | Monetary Policy, e-Government & Transparency

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The Internet Brings Transparency to International Diplomacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:41 AM | e-Government & Transparency

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Court Strikes Down FCC's Cable Cap: The Revolution in Video Distribution in Three Charts

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:40 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Cable, Cutting the Video Cord, Mass Media

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WSJ: Don't Bet on Google Stock

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:39 AM |

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Please, Let's Have Fewer "Guardrails" Online!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:38 AM | Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Texting While Driving: Regulate or Empower & Educate?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:36 AM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Online Advertising: Privacy Zealot-Elitists v. Real Consumer Advocates

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:01 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Choosing the Right Path to a Permanent Accountability Framework for ICANN

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:49 PM | Internet Governance, Trademark, e-Government & Transparency

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Section 230: The Cornerstone of Internet Freedom

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:42 PM | E-commerce, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Twitter Power Laws

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:37 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

If NCMEC's Going to Regulate the Internet for Child Porn, It Should At Least Be Subject to FOIA

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:44 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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ClaimMyName: Self-Help Against Name-Squatting on Social Media Services

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:43 AM | Trademark

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The Search Wars: With Jingles Like This, Microsoft's Bing Can't Lose!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:41 AM | Advertising & Marketing

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Google v. Microsoft v. Apple v. Facebook: Nothing Obama Can't Sort Out Over a Beer

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:44 PM | Advertising & Marketing

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Search: It's Getting Better All the Time

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:43 PM | Search

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Yahoo!/Microsoft: Not Such a Bad Deal for Yahoo! After All?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:42 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Search

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Monday, August 3, 2009

The War on "Free": Google Sued for Giving Away Google Maps

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:23 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Google & Apple: In Collusion or Cut-Throat Competition?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:17 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Wireless

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Deadweight Costs of Antitrust Scrutiny: Distracted Management

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:12 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Search

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A Bargain Deal on Yahoo! for Microsoft & the Regime Uncertainty of Antitrust

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:54 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Search

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Our Forbes.com Op-Ed on Yahoo!-Microsoft Search Partnership

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:49 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Search

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Maine's COPPA 2.0 Law Actually an Indirect Age Verification Mandate

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:45 AM | Add category, Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Maine Adopts COPPA 2.0 Law Heavily Restricting Marketing to Kids

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:22 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Privacy

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Belgian Ruling Against Yahoo! Sets Dangerous Precedent for Regulation of Internet

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:41 AM | Free Speech, Internet, Internet Governance

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Tennessee Enacts Flawed Cyberharassment Law

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:38 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Three Cheers for Information Abundance!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:36 AM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Twitter Goes Ad-Supported, Surprising No One

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:34 AM | Advertising & Marketing

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Music as Technology, Innovation & Part of Human Evolution

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:32 AM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lori Drew Acquitted in Megan Meier Case: What to Do About Cyberbullying?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:11 PM | Free Speech

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New Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:09 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ad-Supported Internet: The Musical (Web Site Story)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:08 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Facebook, Twitter, Online Identity Integration & the Future of Anonymity

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:09 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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A Posterboy for Advertising's Pro-Consumer Quid Pro Quo

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:07 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Great Summary of Section 230

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:01 PM | E-commerce

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Facebook v. Google v. the Techno-Aquarians

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:42 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Friday, June 26, 2009

PFF Capitol Hill Briefing: Online Advertising Regulation (July 10)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:28 AM | Advertising & Marketing

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There is No Free Lunch! No Advertising, No Media

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:17 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Behavioral Advertising Industry Practices Hearing: Some Issues that Need to be Discussed

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:29 AM | Advertising & Marketing, E-commerce, Free Speech

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Costs of SSL Encryption for Webmail & Other Cloud Services

posted by Berin Szoka @ 6:49 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy

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Friday, June 5, 2009

First Amendment Protection of Search Algorithms as Editorial Discretion

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:23 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Googlephobia, Internet, Search

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

COPPA 2.0: The New Battle over Privacy, Age Verification, Online Safety & Free Speech

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:38 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Privacy

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Lord's Prayer of Internet Pessimist Orthodoxy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:34 PM | Copyright, IP, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Google's New Advertising Trademark Policy & Consumer Welfare

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:30 PM | Trademark

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Pepsi Challenge 2.0, Reputational Incentives & Genericide as a Check on Google's Brand Power

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:59 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Googlephobia, Privacy, Trademark

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Monday, April 6, 2009

What "Internet" Means to the Feds

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:48 PM | Regulation

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Heights in Googlephobia: "A Delinquent, Sociopathic Parasite"?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:17 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Googlephobia, Privacy

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Google, CDT, Online Advertising & Preserving Persistent User Choice Across Ad Networks Through Plug-ins

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:35 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Google's Ad Preference Manager: One Small Step for Google, One Giant Leap for Privacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:10 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Classification, Secrecy & The Transformation of Journalism

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:06 AM | Capitol Hill, e-Government & Transparency

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Friday, February 20, 2009

ICANN's Revised gTLD Proposal Still Comes Up Short

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:45 AM | IP, Internet Governance

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Google's MeasurementLab.net Now Makes Network Management Transparent--So Why Mandate Net Neutrality?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:52 AM | Net Neutrality

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Cutting the (Video) Cord: YouTube Close to Deal for Pro Talent

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:31 AM | Cable, Internet TV

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Monday, January 26, 2009

A Blanket License for Music Soon To Arrive?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:51 PM | IP

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"Will Obama Have A Computer?" Seriously?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:50 PM | e-Government & Transparency

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Feedsqueezer: Another Competitor for Google

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:46 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Software

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Cutting the (Video) Cord: Who Needs a DVR When You've Got Hulu?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:40 PM | Cable, Internet TV

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The "GPS Tax," e-Health & the Privacy Implications of Tech Upgrades for Government Monopolies

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:47 PM | Privacy

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Search Advertising Dropped 8% in 2008: Why Users Should Care

posted by Berin Szoka @ 2:30 PM | Advertising & Marketing

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Obama's Inaugural Address & Technology Policy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 2:28 PM | Capitol Hill

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Cutting the (Video) Cord: Boxee

posted by Berin Szoka @ 2:24 PM | Cable, Communications, Internet TV

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Obama's CTO: Fixing Government IT or Setting Nationwide Policy?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:03 AM | e-Government & Transparency

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Cellular Socialism

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:26 PM | Communications, Universal Service, Wireless

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Right Way to Allow Cell Phone Jammers - And the FCC's Way

posted by Berin Szoka @ 7:28 PM | Communications

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PFF Amicus Brief in Key First Amendment Case: Limits on Audience Size are Unconstitutional

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:56 PM | Cable, Communications

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The Most Important Number for Technology Policy in 2009

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:48 PM | Capitol Hill, Communications, E-commerce, Internet, The FCC

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Cutting the (Video) Cord Part 3: The Growing Relevance of Internet TV

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:34 PM |

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IE's Browser Market Share Down by 8-10% in 2008

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:14 PM |

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Martin Abandons Unconstitutional Filtering Proposal; What About Obama's Universal Broadband?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:18 PM | Broadband, Free Speech, Internet

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

M2Z Reborn: Censored, but Free, Broadband is Now Kevin Martin's Top Priority

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:49 PM | Internet

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Use Competition to Bridge the Gap in Human Spaceflight

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:07 PM |

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Wide Diversity of Consumer Attitudes about Online Privacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 6:07 PM | Internet, Privacy

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Google Policy Fellow Program

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:48 AM | Think Tanks

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Friday, October 24, 2008

PFF Launches Center for Internet Freedom

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:50 AM | E-commerce, Internet, Privacy, Think Tanks

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Major Victory for Space Commercialization

posted by Berin Szoka @ 6:32 PM | Space

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Online Advertising & User Privacy: Principles to Guide the Debate

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:17 PM | Internet, Privacy

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Googlephobia: Part 5 - Google at Ten & Its Competition

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:32 PM | Internet, Privacy

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Googlephobia: The Series

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:14 PM | Internet, Privacy

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Under-Appreciated Existing Legal Remedies for Trolling, Defamation and Other "Malwebolent" Invasions of Privacy

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:45 AM | Internet, Privacy

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Friday, August 1, 2008

If Bandwidth Is Abundant, It Can't Be Scarce, So Why Can't We Have Net Neutrality?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:14 PM | Broadband, Internet, Net Neutrality

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

PFF Database Cleared by StopBadware.org & Put Back Online

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:34 AM |

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Monday, July 14, 2008

"Cry [Censorship] and Let Slip the Dogs of [Regulation]!" - A Lesson in the Dangers of Googlephobia

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:00 PM | Internet

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Not One, Not Two, but THREE Competing Open Source Mobile Operating Systems

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:56 PM | Communications, Software, Wireless

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New Biography of Georges Doriot, Founding Father of Venture Capital

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:44 PM | Capitalism, Global Innovation, Innovation, Taxes

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Exclusive Handset Prohibitions: Should the FCC Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden iPhone?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 2:31 PM | Wireless

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Google, California's Privacy Policy Law & Our Sci-Fi Future

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:01 PM | Internet, State Policy

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