Academic Writing

Silicon Valley paints itself as a hotbed of free enterprise. Here’s how the government helped build it.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Margaret O’Mara is a professor of history at the University of Washington. Her new book, “The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America,” was just published by Penguin Press. I interviewed her about it. Read more about Silicon Valley paints itself as a hotbed of free enterprise. Here’s how the government helped build it.

Build Your Own Intermediary Liability Law: A Kit for Policy Wonks of All Ages

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
June 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
In recent years, lawmakers around the world have proposed a lot of new intermediary liability (IL) laws. Many have been miscalibrated – risking serious collateral damage without necessarily using the best means to advance lawmakers’ goals. That shouldn’t be a surprise. IL isn’t like tax law or farm subsidies. Lawmakers, particularly in the United States, haven’t thought much about IL in decades.

Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
June 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose blood sample had been found near the church’s broken window. Read more about Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for the nation’s approach to trade

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 4, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Elizabeth Warren announced an agenda Tuesday that she calls a plan for “economic patriotism.” Warren argues against claims that “globalization” or “automation” or a “skills gap” are causing job losses in the United States. She blames, instead, Washington policies. Read more about Elizabeth Warren has a plan for the nation’s approach to trade

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Author(s): 
Paddy Leerssen
Publication Date: 
May 29, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Read more about Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

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