Publications

There’s an old conservative playbook behind Donald Trump’s threat to regulate Google

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 4, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Nicole Hemmer is an assistant professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia. Her book, Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics, examines the history of conservative anger at mainstream media. I asked her about the history of President Trump’s recent feud with Google. Read more about There’s an old conservative playbook behind Donald Trump’s threat to regulate Google

It’s no accident that Facebook is so addictive

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 6, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson professor of media studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is also the author of a new book, “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.” I asked him questions about the book. Read more about It’s no accident that Facebook is so addictive

Online labor markets may look competitive. They aren’t.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 2, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

People often think that online markets are far more efficient and competitive than traditional ones. This may not be so. In a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper, Arindrajit Dube, Jeff Jacobs, Suresh Naidu and Siddharth Suri find that a highly important online labor market is characterized by power relations so that workers lose out, and the people and organizations who hire them enjoy market power. I asked Suresh Naidu what this research means. Read more about Online labor markets may look competitive. They aren’t.

Europe has just hit Google with a record $5 billion fine. Expect fireworks.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 18, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The European Commission, which administers antitrust policy in the European Union, has just hit Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion U.S.). This fine is intended to punish Google for the way in which it has structured the market for its operating system. Here’s what you need to know.

The massive fine is for “tying” the operating system to specific applications. Read more about Europe has just hit Google with a record $5 billion fine. Expect fireworks.

Thanks to Amazon, the government will soon be able to track your face

Author(s): 
Peter Asaro
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
July 6, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Amazon, the company synonymous with online shopping, is supplying facial recognition technology to government and law enforcement agencies over its web services platform. Branded Rekognition, the technology is every bit as dystopian as it sounds. Read more about Thanks to Amazon, the government will soon be able to track your face

Exigent Circumstances: iOS 12’s USB Restricted Mode and Warrantless iPhone Access

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
June 22, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Apple recently confirmed the introduction of a new feature called “USB Restricted Mode” in the latest version of the iPhone’s mobile operating system, iOS 12. If enabled in the user’s settings, USB Restricted Mode will disable data transfer from the iPhone over the Lightning cable once the phone has been locked for an hour unless the phone’s password is entered. Read more about Exigent Circumstances: iOS 12’s USB Restricted Mode and Warrantless iPhone Access

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