Publications

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.”

Supreme Court Ends Texas’ Grip On Patent Cases

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
May 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Today the Supreme Court issued a decision that will have a massive impact on patent troll litigation. In TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the court ruled that patent owners can sue corporate defendants only in districts where the defendant is incorporated or has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.

Trump’s values are abhorrent to the Federalist Society of conservative lawyers. That doesn’t stop them from helping him.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin describes the Federalist Society as an enormously influential network of conservative lawyers. Its executive vice president, Leonard Leo, played a key role in the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and has quietly advised the Trump administration on other judicial nominations. Yet few people outside the legal profession know what the Federalist Society is.

The U.S. census is in trouble. This is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The U.S. census has recently been the subject of political argument. After contentious discussions before a congressional panel, John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau, stepped down last week. To provide background information on the census and what it does, I interviewed Kenneth Prewitt, the Carnegie professor of public affairs and the vice president for global centers at Columbia University, and a former director of the Census Bureau, about how the census works, why it has become political and why it remains important.

Cybercriminals have just mounted a massive worldwide attack. Here’s how NSA secrets helped them.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Computers around the world are suffering an attack from malicious software. The compromised computers have been hit by “ransomware” — software that encrypts the computer’s hard drive so that all the information on it is unavailable, and refuses to release it until a ransom is paid in Bitcoin, an online currency that is difficult to trace.

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