Publications

Here’s why tech companies abuse our data: because we let them

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

We live in an e-commerce utopia. I can call out orders and my demands are satisfied through an automated, seamless transaction. I just have to ask Alexa, or Siri, or one of the other digital assistants developed by Silicon Valley firms, who await the commands and manage the affairs of their human bosses.

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony is a start. But only bipartisan cooperation will fix this crisis.

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the U.S. Congress this week, the whole world seems to be against Facebook. Is this a watershed moment for the future of the company and the broader consumer internet as we know it? Will the tremendous public outcry against Facebook and the rest of the industry result in truly meaningful change that actually advances consumer interests and protects the long-term integrity of American democracy?

EFF to Supreme Court: Don’t Turn US Patents Into Worldwide Patents

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
April 2, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The general rule in patent law is that each country has its own patent system. If you want damages for sales in the United States, you need a U.S. patent. If you want damages for sales in New Zealand, you need to get a New Zealand patent, and so on. A case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to disrupt this system by allowing worldwide damages for infringement of U.S. patents.

The new rules for the internet - and why deleting Facebook isn’t enough

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
April 1, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

While being pessimistic about the depressing tableau of Silicon Valley malfeasance is easy, let us not forget that the internet has brought tremendous value to our society. Therefore, the answer is not to lock down the open internet or even to delete Facebook (however satisfying that might feel, with 2.2-billion users it is embedded in our society). Instead, we urgently need new democratic rules for the internet that enhance the rights of citizens, protect the integrity of our public sphere and tackle the structural problems of our current digital economy.

Here are seven ideas:

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