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?

Startups: Supporting Net Neutrality isn’t “Political”; It’s Pragmatic

Author(s): 
Ryan Singel
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
I’m passionate about how net neutrality enables startups to thrive without getting permission or paying taxes to the ISPs that people pay to get online.
 
Net neutrality is the simple principle that the marketplace, not ISPs, gets to decide what apps, websites, and services win and lose, and it’s enabled tens of thousand of entrepreneurs to build new things.
 

Help Save Net Neutrality in California

Author(s): 
Ryan Singel
Publication Date: 
April 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
The FCC voted in December to repeal all meaningful net neutrality protections, undoing more than 15 years of FCC work and leaving startups vulnerable to the whims of ISPs like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. 
 
Those rules prohibited ISPs from blocking or slowing access to websites, apps and services, and prevented ISPs from charging access fees to sites to be in the fast lane or even simply to load for users.
 

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.

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