Academic Writing

Commentary: The FCC Has Always Defended Net Neutrality. Why Stop Now?

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
November 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Earlier this week Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced a radical plan to undo the net neutrality protections that have been in place in the U.S. since the beginning of the Internet.

Year One: Stress Testing the Constitution

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
November 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The outlandish hypothetical is in every law professor’s bag of tricks. Can a former president sue a sitting president for defamation?

Hackback in black

Author(s): 
Andrea Matwyshyn
Publication Date: 
November 6, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Imagine that a random car is periodically driving across your front yard, leaving tire treads and gouges on your otherwise pristine lawn. How would you handle it? You might set up a surveillance camera to capture an image of the license plate and driver and then share the image with the police. You might install a fence.

Australian Government Wants to Give Satire The Boot

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
October 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The National Symbols Officer of Australia recently wrote to Juice Media, producers of Rap News and Honest Government Adverts, suggesting that its “use” of Australia’s coat of arms violated various Australian laws. This threat came despite the fact that Juice Media’s videos are clearly satire and no reasonable viewer could mistake them for official publications.

The Rhetoric of “Responsible Encryption”

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
October 19, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a speech about encryption that prompted a considerable amount of well-deserved blowback. His speech rehashed a number of long-discredited technical proposals for “solving” the “going dark” problem, and it also misstated the law.

Congress doesn’t know enough to stop people enriching themselves at the public expense. Here’s how to fix this.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Brink Lindsey and Steve Teles’s new book, The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth and Increase Inequality, looks to build a new account of how rent-seeking shapes the U.S. political economy, and what we can do about it. I asked Lindsey (who is vice-president at the Niskanen Center) and Teles, an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, about the book.

This is how social media data can help NGOs

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Stefaan Verhulst is the chief research and development officer, and Andrew Young is the knowledge director at the Governance Laboratory at New York University. Together, they have written a recent report on the role that social media data can play in the nonprofit sector. I asked them a series of questions about it.

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