Publications

We need our platforms to put people and democratic society ahead of cheap profits

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
June 16, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Fake news captures attention and is corrosive. Like many similar social problems online, it is a symptom of surveillance capitalism. Surveillance capitalism explains the economic incentives that drive media production and distribution on internet platforms like Facebook. The business model used by internet platforms relies on collecting data and using that data to create profiles of users to predict their interests and behavior.

Making Google the Censor

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
June 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Prime Minister Theresa May’s political fortunes may be waning in Britain, but her push to make internet companies police their users’ speech is alive and well. In the aftermath of the recent London attacks, Ms. May called platforms like Google and Facebook breeding grounds for terrorism.

A tiny party of hardliners holds the balance of power in Britain. Here’s what you need to know

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 9, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

After last week’s shocking results, Britain’s Conservative Party had to make a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to return to government. It appears likely that the DUP will not go into a coalition with the Conservatives, but will simply support the “minority government” from the outside on key votes, while not being part of the coalition.

Don’t believe what Putin is saying about ‘patriotic’ Russian hackers

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 7, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The last two days have seen two major developments regarding Russian hacking. First, Russian President Vladimir Putin tacitly admitted that Russian hackers might have influenced the U.S. election, but claimed that any hackers were just patriots, acting independently of the Russian government. Then The Intercept published a leaked NSA report stating that Russian military intelligence had tried to penetrate U.S. voting systems.

The Introduction of a Neighbouring Right for Press Publisher at EU Level: The Unneeded (and Unwanted) Reform

Author(s): 
Giancarlo Frosio
Publication Date: 
June 2, 2017
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
(with Christophe Geiger and Oleksandr Bulayenko) This article discusses the proposed introduction in EU law of neighbouring rights for press publishers for the digital uses of their publications. This proposal is included in the European Commission’s Draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market of 14 September 2016, which forms an important part of the ongoing reform of copyright at EU level.

From Horizontal to Vertical: An Intermediary Liability Earthquake in Europe

Author(s): 
Giancarlo Frosio
Publication Date: 
June 2, 2017
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission would like to introduce vertical regulations, replacing — or better conflicting with — the well-established eCommerce Directive horizontal intermediary liability regime. An upcoming revision of the Audio-visual Media Services Directive would ask platforms to put in place measures to protect minors from harmful content and to protect everyone from incitement to hatred.

We now know who cheats on their taxes. (Hint: it’s not the poor or middle class.)

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 1, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Social scientists find it hard to study many important questions because they don’t have good data: Tax evasion is one of those questions. For obvious reasons, tax cheats don’t have any desire to announce themselves in public. Nor is it easy to study tax evasion based on the people who get caught; they may not be representative. This means that the recent spate of leaks has been a gold mine for scholars interested in the causes and consequences of tax evasion.

Trump’s No Hypocrite

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 30, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

U.S. President Donald Trump can be accused of having many faults, but hypocrisy is not one of them. To be sure, Trump is wildly inconsistent. His critics have found great sport digging up old tweets in which he condemns political rivals for doing something that he himself blithely does today. But hypocrisy requires a minimal degree of self-awareness.

Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States. What does that mean?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd Sunday in southern Germany that Europe can no longer rely on foreign partners.

Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

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