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Friday, September 17, 2010

New OECD Study Finds That Improved IPR Protections Benefit Developing Countries

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) just released a useful new study entitled Policy Complements to the Strengthening of IPRs in Developing Countries. It significantly undermines the claims of "public interest" advocates who wail that they just know intuitively that improved legal protection for intellectual property rights (IPRs) are merely one more means through which developed countries oppress developing countries. While such claims often sound lofty and compassionate, very ugly prejudices often lurk beneath them. Fortunately, by actually studying real data, the OECD found that such claims are wrong as applied to actual developing countries: "[T]the results point to a tendency for IPR reform to deliver positive economic results."

Continue reading New OECD Study Finds That Improved IPR Protections Benefit Developing Countries . . .

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 12:27 PM | Capitalism, Copyright, Global Innovation, Human Capital, IP, Innovation, Internet

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Google / Verizon Proposal May Be Important Compromise, But Regulatory Trajectory Concerns Many

Recently, the Washington Post opined that the best way for the FCC to "regulate the Internet" was through a moderate approach, one which places limited authority in the Commission to address behavior that violates long-standing Net Neutrality practices.

The paper notes that Net Neutrality has been "a rule tacitly understood by Internet users and providers alike" for more than a decade. It then mildly rebukes the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers - "a move [which] would be a serious step backwards," in their view.

Within this context, the Post sees important compromise in the Google / Verizon legislative proposal, "especially its designation of the FCC as an adjudicatory body such as the Federal Trade Commission rather than one with intrusive regulatory authority."

Continue reading Google / Verizon Proposal May Be Important Compromise, But Regulatory Trajectory Concerns Many . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:04 AM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

GAO: Wireless Prices Plummeting; Public Knowledge: We Must Regulate!

So, the GAO recently released a report on the wireless industry and found that:

The biggest changes in the wireless industry since 2000 have been consolidation among wireless carriers and increased use of wireless services by consumers. Industry consolidation has made it more difficult for small and regional carriers to be competitive. Difficulties for these carriers include securing subscribers, making network investments, and offering the latest wireless phones necessary to compete in this dynamic industry. Nevertheless, consumers have also seen benefits, such as generally lower prices, which are approximately 50 percent less than 1999 prices, and better coverage.

Now, if you are a self-described "consumer advocate," I would hope the bottom line here is pretty straightforward and refreshing: Prices fell by 50% in 10 years. That alone is an amazing success story. But that's not the end of the story. The more important fact is that prices fell by that much while innovation in this sector was also flourishing. Do you remember the phone you carried in your pocket -- if you could fit it in your pocket at all -- ten years ago? It was a pretty rudimentary device. It made calls and... well... it made calls. Now, think about the mini-computer that sits in your pocket right now. Stunning little piece of kit. It can text. It can do email. It can get Internet access. You can Twitter on it. Oh, and you can still make calls on it (but who wants to do that anymore!)

The point is, this is a great American capitalist success story that everyone -- especially "consumer advocates" -- should be celebrating. So, what does Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn have to say?

"These trends do not bode well for consumers, despite any benefits of the moment," she told Ars Technica.

Wait, what?

Continue reading GAO: Wireless Prices Plummeting; Public Knowledge: We Must Regulate! . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:05 PM | Economics, Innovation, Spectrum, Wireless

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Government Again Behind the Curve: Efforts to Implement Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Gartner, a leading IT research firm, predicts that "by 2012, 80 percent of Fortune 1000 enterprises will pay for some cloud computing service, while 30 percent of them will pay for cloud computing infrastructure." But there's been far less progress in the public sector, according to recent report released by Vivek Kundra, Obama's Federal Chief Information Officer.

Continue reading Government Again Behind the Curve: Efforts to Implement Cloud Computing in the Public Sector . . .

posted by Jeff Levy @ 10:40 AM | Cyber-Security, Innovation, Internet, Software

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pub Interest Groups Decry Sunlight - Say It's Corrupting FCC Net Neutrality Process


techdirt's hit kind of a new low in the divisive Net Neutrality debate. Mike Masnick writes that the telcos have got their Net Neutrality deal with the FCC because, well, they have some mighty deep pockets, and they're prepared to use them - either for-or-agin the Dems - come election season. Consequently, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had no choice but to back down from his Net Neutrality / Reclassification madness and give the big boys what they want.

C'mon, Mike! You make the National Enquirer blush.

The "reporting" follows the well worn meme espoused by the Left that when the going gets tough, and the deal looks like it ain't cutting their way - then blame the "monopolists" for corrupting the process. Good lord, get a new riff already.

Free Press, Public Knowledge, MAP and OIC lobbyists (among other "reformistas") have practically installed themselves at the FCC since day one (I think I saw their cots, bedrolls and toiletries there the other day). To claim that they've been left-out strains credulity (as this FCC blog reveals).

Let's see. They've gotten their lobbying dollar's worth out of the Open Internet / Net Neutrality NPRM; the National Broadband Plan; the Wireless Competition Report; the Third Way Statement; the Third Way NOI; the 706 Report; and have supped at the FCC table throughout the "closed-door" Net Neutrality meetings.

Compromise will happen. It should. This is a highly charged debate that has divided many. The FCC hasn't helped any by trying to avoid the will of Congress, end-running around key court decisions, and attempting to jam an innovation-killing rule down the throats of American broadband consumers.

Though I think the Commission is wrong to try to regulate the Internet through broadband Reclassification, I also recognize that some discussion - possibly one that reaches compromise - should occur.

What I do not think is helpful is the idea, seemingly shared by the public interest groups, that "it's our way or no way; and if you get in the way of that - then you're a corrupt SOB."

Mike, remember the elementary school admonition - "sticks and stones..."? I'll bet the network providers do, and it's helped them keep their eye on the ball to ensure that a reasoned ruling comes out of the FCC.

The opposite would be corrupt - a closed process decided by a small handful of elite, "consumer advocates," impervious to reason, debate or the sunlight of opposing viewpoints. Until this summer, it looked like it was going in this direction. Now, thankfully, the process appears to be more inclusive - one which may result in a more fair outcome for all involved.

posted by Mike Wendy @ 8:12 AM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why the Viacom v. YouTube Summary-Judgment Ruling Will Be Reversed.

After reviewing the commentary on Judge Stanton's summary judgment ruling in Viacom v. YouTube, I note the lack of substantive defenses of its legal merits. See Viacom Int'l, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62829 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) (the "Viacom Opinion"). This Opinion held that because the original founders of YouTube had responded to takedown notices, they were protected from civil liability for copyright infringement by § 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the "DMCA")—even if they were also intentionally inducing mass copyright piracy like the Defendants in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005).

But this Opinion will be reversed on appeal for at least two reasons. First, no judge can legally find something so daft as a civil safe-harbor for criminal racketeering lurking in the unspoken implications of the "tenor" of excerpts of legislative history. Second, no judge can legally hold that the DMCA adopted terms that judges used to convey the lack of any knowledge requirement in order to tell judges to impose an "item-specific" knowledge requirement. As singer Katy Perry might put it, unless the DMCA was "a [law] bipolar," it did not use "in" to mean "out" or "up" to mean "down...."

Consequently, the Viacom Opinion is not really a huge win for those who want foreign corporations to be able profit by intentionally inducing mass piracy. Indeed, apart from the usual applause from the usual suspect—and a switch-of-sides at Slate—no one seems to be praising or even defending the substance of Judge' Stanton's legal analysis. And with good reason—it is indefensible.

Continue reading Why the Viacom v. YouTube Summary-Judgment Ruling Will Be Reversed. . . .

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 3:10 PM | Copyright, E-commerce, IP, Innovation, Internet

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Monday, July 26, 2010

X Prizes: Effectively Producing Technological Innovation

Despite recent setbacks, now that BP's efforts to contain the Gulf oil spill have become more successful, focus is shifting to clean-up efforts. The best way to generate innovative, effective clean-up methods is to offer an X Prize for developing such a solution.

The X Prize Foundation awards X Prizes of $10 million or greater for specific technological breakthroughs intended to benefit humanity. The organization is considering a competition "to incentivize the development of rapidly-deployable methods for the clean-up of crude oil along our coastlines and within our oceans."

While not finalized yet, this idea is far more likely to yield working results than the 112,000 ideas sent to BP through its own submission process. In BP's case, there is neither an incentive nor a well-framed challenge to interest researchers.

An incentivized competition is, on the other hand, often far superior to traditional research grants and after-the-fact prizes. Breakthroughs in navigation, chemical engineering, aviation and autonomous vehicle navigation have been driven by and, in turn, inspired by competitions like the X Prize.

Continue reading X Prizes: Effectively Producing Technological Innovation . . .

posted by Jeff Levy @ 12:34 PM | Economics, Innovation

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

FCC & Free Press - Send Lawyers, Guns and Money to Regulate the Internet

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

So goes the FCC's stacked "706 Report" on broadband this week, which said that Americans aren't getting broadband in a "reasonable and timely basis," the first negative conclusion since the report's inception.

Using the standard developed in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) - which recommends "that every household in America have access to affordable broadband service offering actual download (i.e., to the customer) speeds of at least 4 Mbps and actual upload (i.e., from the customer) speeds of at least 1 Mbps" - the Commission determined that by this benchmark "broadband remains unavailable to approximately 14 to 24 million Americans." (Not that 14 - 24 million Americans don't have high-speed access, as has erroneously been reported.)

The FCC is building its war chest so that it can justify Lilliputian Internet regulation of network providers. Through a number of recent proceedings, statements and reports - e.g., the Open Internet NPRM, Cellular Competition Report, and "Third Way" NOI - the 706 Report traffics in the same meme: network providers just aren't doing their job, so they must be coerced or shamed into proper "compliance."

Not uncharacteristically, The Free Press heralded the new, rather dour (and now redundant) broadband assessment. Said the lugubrious, special interest lobbyists - "Now that the FCC has taken the first step of acknowledging America's broadband problem, we hope that it will advance policies to reverse this decline though the promotion of real competition and true consumer choice."

Continue reading FCC & Free Press - Send Lawyers, Guns and Money to Regulate the Internet . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:20 AM | Broadband, Capitalism, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, Software, The FCC, Universal Service, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Keep the Internet Corporate-Free Says Anti-Business Free Press

I just have to chuckle at this sophomore opinion piece recently penned by the Free Press. Its main memes: Corporations are evil. Do not trust corporations, because they are evil. And, oh by the way, corporations want to control you and the FCC, because...they are evil.

Good golly, we get it.

Continue reading Keep the Internet Corporate-Free Says Anti-Business Free Press . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 8:52 AM | Broadband, Capitalism, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Camel Puts Nose under Tent with FCC "Wireless Model" for Internet Regulation

Julius Genachowski claims his "Third Way" approach to taking over the Internet looks a lot like the benign "wireless model" of regulation.

If it were true, that would be a good thing.

According to Genachowski:

In its approach to wireless communications, Congress mandated that the FCC subject wireless communications to the same Title II provisions generally applicable to telecommunications services while also directing that the FCC consider forbearing from the application of many of these provisions to the wireless marketplace. The Commission did significantly forbear, and the telecommunications industry has repeatedly and resoundingly lauded this approach as well-suited to an emerging technology and welcoming to investment and innovation. In short, the proposed approach is already tried and true.
Presumably, the "wireless model," if applied to the Internet, would spur growth and innovation. But I have a question. In the FCC's NOI, how does the wireless model of "light regulation" apply to, er, the wireless model?

I haven't quite figured out the circularity of that one yet.

Oh, well. Maybe I shouldn't waste my time trying. It seems more apparent than ever that for wireless and wireline broadband service it's not really about regulating "downward" - i.e., deregulating, as is the hallmark of the "wireless model" - but instead, regulating "upward," thus adding regulation.

Continue reading Camel Puts Nose under Tent with FCC "Wireless Model" for Internet Regulation . . .

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:08 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, Spectrum, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wow, Part II: USPTO, NTIA, and Commerce Officials Urge ISPs, Ad Networks, Payment Processors, and Search Engines to Cooperate and Create a Law-Abiding Internet that Deters Counterfeiting and Piracy.

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 1:16 PM | Copyright, Cyber-Security, Global Innovation, IP, Innovation, Internet, Trade

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TechDirt Errs Again: Copyrights Are the Definition of "Market Forces" in Action.

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:10 AM | Capitalism, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Trademark

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Send In the Clowns: A Review of Oberholzer-Gee and Stumpf's Copyright and File-Sharing (Part 1)

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 7:46 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Capitalism, Copyright, Cyber-Security, Economics, Global Innovation, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Software

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Why Copyright Industry Costs-of-Piracy Studies Correctly Ignore the "Positive Economic Effects" of Criminal Racketeering

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 3:54 PM | Copyright, Cyber-Security, IP, Innovation, Internet, Trademark

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

FCC Seeks to Regulate the Internet...Because It Can

posted by Mike Wendy @ 4:54 PM | Broadband, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, PFF, The FCC

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

No Such Thing As Regulatory Predictability When It's Built on an Illusion of Authority

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:48 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, PFF, Regulation, The FCC, Wireline

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Monday, June 7, 2010

LimeWire Begs for a... "Second" Chance?

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 6:54 AM | Copyright, Cyber-Security, IP, Innovation, Internet, Security

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Amazing Mobile OS Competition; Can It Last?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Innovation, Wireless

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

AT&T's New Wireless Pricing Plan - Does It Help in the Net Neutrality Debate?

posted by Mike Wendy @ 12:57 AM | Broadband, Capitalism, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC, Wireline

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mr. Scott Goes to the State Department

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:09 PM | Broadband, Capitalism, Capitol Hill, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Open Source, Regulation, The FCC

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Abolishing the FCC and Other Fun Thoughts

posted by Mike Wendy @ 2:11 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Local Franchising, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Net Neutrality, PFF, Regulation, Spectrum, State Policy, The FCC, The FTC, Universal Service, Wireless

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wireless Networks & Lemonade Stand Economics

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:39 PM | Economics, Innovation, Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

FCC Wireless Report Punts - Effective Competition Actually Prevails

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:25 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, The FCC, Wireless

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Takedowns and Daiquiris: Viacom v. YouTube Hosts a Grokster Reunion

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 7:55 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Intermediary Deputization & Section 230, Internet

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FCC Wireless Report Should Conclude Market Competitive, But Will It?

posted by Mike Wendy @ 3:58 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Old Wine in an Old Bottle: LimeWire and Mark Gorton Held Intentional Inducers of Massive Piracy

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:54 PM | Copyright, E-commerce, IP, Innovation, Internet

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Business Insider Attacks James Cameron for "Whining" That Piracy Undermines the Risky Studio Investments That Enabled Cameron's Films To Enrich Millions of Lives

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 12:19 PM | Capitalism, Copyright, E-commerce, Economics, Generic Rant, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Monday, March 22, 2010

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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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Public Knowledge's "Copyright Reform Act of 2010": More Banal Cheerleading-for-Piracy.

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 1:01 PM | Capitalism, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Are Digital Generativity and Openness Overrated?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:47 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Innovation, Internet, Open Source, What We're Reading

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Copyrights in Music Do NOT Exist Only "To Benefit [Matthew Yglesias]"

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 10:17 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Capitalism, Copyright, E-commerce, Economics, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Software

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Complementary Goods and Debates about E-Book/Music/Video Pricing

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:58 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, E-commerce, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, What We're Reading

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Some Amazing Numbers Re: Growth of Net & Social Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:29 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Friday, January 1, 2010

How Did We Live Without These Technologies 10 Years Ago!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:50 AM | Innovation

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

William Patry's "Moral Panic" about MPAA, Dan Glickman and ACTA

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 6:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, E-commerce, Googlephobia, IP, Innovation, Internet, What We're Reading

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What an Amazing Decade (of Technological Progress)!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:34 PM | Innovation

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Monday, December 28, 2009

U.S. Legislators CANNOT Trust Claims that 37% of the DMCA Takedown Notices That Google Receives Fail to State "Valid Copyright Claims."

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 12:21 PM | Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, 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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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mobile Micropayments: Forcing Me to Reconsider the Conventional Wisdom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:56 PM | Economics, Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars: EFF Condemns Patry For "Assembling the Rhetorical Siege Engines of the Copyright Wars...."

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 5:17 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, Cyber-Security, Economics, Googlephobia, IP, Innovation, Internet, What We're Reading

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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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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Self-Parody of Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars: "Figurative Language at its Best" Does NOT "Declare War" on Copyright-Enforcing "Terror[ists]" by Objectifying Women.

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 10:40 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Is Wikipedia Dying or Just Maturing?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:10 PM | Innovation, Open Source

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Apple & the iPhone App Store Approval Process

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:09 PM | Innovation

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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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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oh Farts! The Droid, the iPhone & the Lessig-Zittrain Thesis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:15 PM | Commons, Innovation, Internet, What We're Reading, Wireless

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ars Technica Reviews Patry's "Screed," Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 7:09 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, Cyber-Security, Googlephobia, IP, Innovation, Internet, Trade

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A few words about Victoria Espinel, nominee for Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 10:15 AM | Copyright, E-commerce, Global Innovation, IP, Innovation, Trade

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Copyright Wars, "Welfare for Authors" and Pedophiles: Part Two of a Reply

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 10:33 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, Cyber-Security, E-commerce, Economics, Googlephobia, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Software

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The "Moral Panic" of "Copyright Wars": Part One of a Reply.

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 7:20 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, E-commerce, Googlephobia, IP, Innovation, Internet, Regulation, What We're Reading

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wireless Innovation is Alive & Well: Two New Reports Set the Record Straight

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:03 PM | Innovation, Wireless

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Net Neutrality Debate with Public Knowledge

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

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars: A Worthless Book

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 12:27 PM | China, Copyright, Cyber-Security, E-commerce, Economics, IP, Innovation, Internet, Regulation

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Monday, September 28, 2009

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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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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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Is Apple's iPhone the End of Innovation? Hahn & Singer on Handset Exclusivity Fears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:29 PM | Innovation, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, Wireless

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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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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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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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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Zittrain's Pessimistic Predictions and Problematic Prescriptions for the Net

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:52 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Googlephobia, Googlephobia, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy, Search

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In Favor of Burdensome Regulations

posted by Mark Adams @ 11:06 AM | E-commerce, Economics, Free Speech, Global Innovation, Innovation, Internet, Internet Governance, Regulation, State Policy, Supreme Court, Trade

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Cringely's Contradictory Thinking on Microsoft-Google Wars

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:27 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Economics, Innovation, Search

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Press Hypocrisy over Metering & Internet Price Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 PM | Broadband, Cable, Economics, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

On Measuring Technology Diffusion Rates

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:47 PM | General, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 4: Lessig's response)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:15 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Commons, Economics, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Nerd Law vs. Real Law

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:48 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

More on "Open vs. Closed" Technologies & Business Models

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:02 PM | Commons, Economics, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 3: Thierer response)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:12 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Commons, Economics, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet, Regulation

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 2: Zittrain response)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:16 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Our Dynamic Internet Marketplace

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:00 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tenebaum, Two-Card Monte, and the Sophistry of Professor Charles Nesson

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 9:48 AM | China, E-commerce, IP, Innovation, Internet

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Copyrights, UGC Sites and "Fair-Use Bootstrapping"

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:30 AM | IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Just How Far the Internet Has Come Since 1996

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Internet Security Concerns, Online Anonymity, and Splinternets

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:43 PM | Free Speech, Innovation, Internet Governance

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shame on Mozilla

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Innovation

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Generativity Alive and Well with the IPhone

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:21 PM | Innovation, Internet

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

10 Years Ago Today... (Thinking About Technological Progress)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Capitalism, E-commerce, Generic Rant, Innovation

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cato's Kuznicki on Zittrain's Overblown Fears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:48 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mobile OS Platforms, Competition, & Generativity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:02 PM | Economics, Innovation, Wireless

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Of Holiday Gift Guides and New Media Business Models

posted by Adam Marcus @ 10:48 AM | Capitalism, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cutting the (Video) Cord, Part 2

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:32 PM | Cable, Innovation, Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Pragmatic (Internet) Optimist's Creed

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:21 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Obama's Entrepreneurial Lesson

posted by Bret Swanson @ 12:32 PM | Capitalism, Innovation

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Deep Insights, on Economics . . . and Life

posted by Bret Swanson @ 11:07 AM | Capitalism, China, Global Innovation, Human Capital, Innovation, Taxes, Trade

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Negroponte's "Daily Me" = RSS Feeds + Google Alerts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:15 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Cutting the (Video) Cord: The Shift to Online Video Continues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 PM | Broadband, Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Of Curves and Chaos

posted by Bret Swanson @ 4:10 PM | Global Innovation, Innovation, Monetary Policy, Trade

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Great 'Open v. Closed' Debate Continues: Google Phone v. Apple iPhone

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:06 AM | Economics, Generic Rant, Innovation, Interoperability, Wireless

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

another review of Zittrain's "Future of the Internet"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:38 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

McCain and Obama Innovation Survey

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 12:43 PM | Innovation

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

DVRs Becoming an "Indispensable" Household Item

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:17 PM | Free Speech, Innovation

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Too Much Platform Competition?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:21 PM | Innovation

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Enough anti-iPhone rants... just get another phone!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:41 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Broadband access platforms & speeds over 3 decades

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:02 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Internet

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Media Metrics: The Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:35 PM | Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The 'Contradictory Ideals' of Internet for Everyone campaign

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:59 PM | Innovation, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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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Monday, May 19, 2008

Video Game Platform Competition

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:08 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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The Big Questions

posted by Bret Swanson @ 9:23 AM | Innovation

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Rise & Inevitable Fall of Tech Giants

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | Capitalism, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

my debate with Zittrain on NPR-Boston

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:59 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Innovation, Internet, Internet Governance, Interoperability

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

another problem for the Zittrain thesis -- old people!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:01 AM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Innovation

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Apple, openness, and the Zittrain thesis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:35 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Innovation, Internet Governance

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Six-year olds confirm: megabyte obsolete

posted by Bret Swanson @ 7:33 PM | Innovation

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

$0.00 -- The Abundance of Nothing -- Free! vs. Free Culture

posted by Bret Swanson @ 8:51 PM | Innovation

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Media Metrics #1: Introduction & Analytical Framework

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:48 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, January 11, 2008

While the FCC wages a war on cable...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Cable, Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Against "Autonomous Driving"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:36 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Jaron Lanier's "Long Live Closed-Source Software!"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:18 AM | Innovation, Interoperability

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Unplugging Plug-and-Play Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:05 PM | Cable, Innovation, Interoperability

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Karlgaard on "The Cheap Revolution"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:37 AM | Innovation

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hazlett on the iPhone, walled gardens, and innovation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:11 PM | Commons, Innovation, Interoperability, Spectrum

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Monday, September 24, 2007

The Power of New Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:34 AM | Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wi-Fi Piggybacking / Squatting Reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Spectrum

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Amazing Gains in Digital Storage Technology

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:09 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Monday, January 8, 2007

Dispatch from CES: Gates and Road Hazards

posted by Patrick Ross @ 6:15 PM | Innovation

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Innovation, Decentralization, and Governments

posted by James DeLong @ 12:02 PM | Innovation

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Declaration of Independence for Virtual Worlds?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:35 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

X-Box Movie / TV Download Business Model Announced

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:52 PM | IP, Innovation, Mass Media

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Must-Read on Telecom Taxes

posted by Patrick Ross @ 11:49 AM | Communications, Innovation, Internet, Taxes, Universal Service

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Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Final Fantasy Leak: Situational Ethics with Video Game Piracy?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:38 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Media Regulation and Net Neutrality

posted by Patrick Ross @ 3:22 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, September 22, 2006

U.S. & China

posted by James DeLong @ 12:50 PM | Innovation

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

PlayStation 3, Console Wars & the Costs of Complexity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:30 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Do's and Dont's for Media Regulation

posted by Patrick Ross @ 10:23 AM | Free Speech, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Commissioner Adelstein Gets It -- Or Almost All of It

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:04 AM | Commons, Communications, Economics, Events, Innovation, Internet Governance, Think Tanks

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fun Fact of the Day: Flat Panel Prices Plummet

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:06 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Microsoft XBOX Live & Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:23 AM | Broadband, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Friedman Interview in LA Times

posted by Solveig Singleton @ 11:51 AM | Innovation, State Policy

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Friday, July 7, 2006

eBay-Google Battle Over Online Payments

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:38 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, E-commerce, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality

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Coase, Property Rights, Regulation and Rentseeking

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:36 AM | Cable, Digital TV, Economics, IP, Innovation, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, June 9, 2006

Net Neutrality--How Competition Policy Handles It

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:49 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Capitol Hill, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Competition Works: An Analysis of Competing Cable-Telco "Triple-Play" Packages

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:19 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Mass Media, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Skype Now Free Domestically

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:17 PM | Communications, Innovation, VoIP

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Report from the "E3" (Video Game Industry) Trade Show

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, May 8, 2006

Net Neutrality Regs Could Threaten Online High-Def Video

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:51 PM | Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Net Neutrality: Remembering the Little Ones

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:32 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

So You Still Believe in Infrastructure Socialism?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:55 AM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Mass Media, Wireline

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Thursday, April 6, 2006

New Neutrality Proposals: Ask Me No Questions, Tell Me No . . .

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:54 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Adjudicating Network Neutrality: Upsides, Downsides and Practical Implications

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:47 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bundle?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:16 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Network Neutrality: It's the Jurisdiction, Stupid

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:22 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, VoIP, Wireline

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Wireless Piggybacking

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:16 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Wireless

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Patents: eBay v. MercExchange

posted by James DeLong @ 10:35 AM | Innovation

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Worms in the Apple?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:02 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Theoretically Speaking: Trinko and Broadband

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 12:19 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, January 5, 2006

A Meditation on Modularity and Integration

posted by Ray Gifford @ 10:57 AM | Broadband, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability, Software

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Gelertner Does Jacob Bayer

posted by @ 12:41 PM | Communications, General, Innovation, Internet

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Zeroing in on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

posted by @ 6:45 AM | Economics, Innovation

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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Video Revolution Just Keeps Rollin' Along

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:01 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, November 18, 2005

In Search of Appropriate Social Goals in Communications Regulation

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:12 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Is Convergence Nothing But Hype?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:52 PM | Communications, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, November 14, 2005

New Blood at Commerce

posted by Patrick Ross @ 10:09 AM | Capitol Hill, General, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability, Privacy

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Thursday, November 3, 2005

A Silver Lining to Net Neutrality Merger Conditions?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 4:02 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Crossing Thresholds: Questioning the Ends and Means of Social Regulation in Communications

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:38 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, General, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Communications Reform and "Social" Obligations: Looking for Another Way

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:27 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireline

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Monday, September 12, 2005

More Thoughts on eBay-Skype Merger and What It Means for Net Neutrality Debate in Particular

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:18 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, VoIP, Wireline

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To Be or Not to Be: EBay as Phone Company?

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 3:00 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireline

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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Do Markets Work? Comparing Computing and Communications over the Past Decade

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:01 AM | General, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

GoogleTalk and Net Neutrality: A Cautionary Tale

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 11:39 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, VoIP, Wireline

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Spectrum Driving Innovation in Business Models

posted by @ 1:25 PM | Economics, Innovation, Spectrum

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Live Blogging from Aspen...End of State Regulation?

posted by @ 11:47 AM | Economics, General, Innovation, State Policy

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Friday, August 19, 2005

The FCC and Organization Development

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 10:17 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Spectrum, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Downsides to Deregulating Broadband??

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 7:00 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Net Neutrality Mandates After the FCC's Policy Statement

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 6:05 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireline

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

Wireline Deregulation: A Broadband Review Lesson

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 9:52 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court, The FCC, Universal Service, Wireline

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Thursday, July 7, 2005

Openness Post-Brand X: It begins . . .

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 2:18 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Supreme Court

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

FCC Regulation of Service Bundles??

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:30 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, VoIP, Wireline

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Broadband Post-Brand X: The Long and Winding Road

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 3:50 PM | Broadband, Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Wireline

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Thursday, June 9, 2005

Video Over Fiber: Rhetorical Ironies and Inconsistencies

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:28 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Universal Service

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Write for my Platform!

posted by @ 2:51 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability, Software

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005

From Luxury Good to Disposable Item (Parts 2 & 3): A $30 Disposable Video Camera and a $1400 Plasma Television

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:10 AM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, June 3, 2005

Sun Acquires Storage Tek

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:56 AM | Innovation

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Sunday, May 8, 2005

Candy Innovation

posted by Ray Gifford @ 12:04 AM | Innovation

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

From Luxury Good to Disposable Item: The Amazing $29 DVD Player

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:44 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, April 7, 2005

A Little Telecom Reform May Go a Long Way in the Short Run

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 10:52 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Think Tanks

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Lynne takes on Sunstein and NPR ... All During Breakfast!

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:22 AM | Innovation

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