December 4, 2013 - There is no evidence that the use of "big data" for commercial and other non-surveillance purposes has caused privacy harms according to a new paper, "The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations," by Technology Policy Institute's Thomas Lenard and Paul Rubin. Moreover, the familiar remedies embodied in the Fair Information Privacy Practices (FIPPs) are ill-suited to the world of big data and are potentially a serious barrier to much of the innovation we hope to see from the big data revolution.
November 22, 2013 - Economists "have committed a fundamental semantic error" by focusing on the term competition and ignoring the cooperative nature of markets, explained TPI senior fellow Paul Rubin in his Presidential Address to the Southern Economic Association this past weekend. By correctly emphasizing cooperation, economists could help combat the "emporiophobia," or the fear of markets that is prevalent in the general public and current political discourse.
November 14, 2013 - The National Telecommunications Information Agency process for awarding funds to projects through the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program was "largely incoherent," explain Scott Wallsten and Gregory Rosston in "The Broadband Stimulus: A Rural Boondoggle and Missed Opportunity," released today by the Technology Policy Institute. The selection process failed to provide a means for measuring the expected cost-effectiveness of proposals, and, as a result, was highly inefficient.
November 12, 2013 - Michael D. Smith, Professor of Information Systems and Marketing and Co-Director of the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University, has joined the Technology Policy Institute as an Adjunct Senior Fellow. Smith's research focuses on firm and consumer behavior in online markets - specifically markets for digital information and digital media products. Recent papers authored by Professor Smith and his colleagues include "Piracy and Copyright Enforcement," and "Gone in 60 Seconds: The Impact of the Megaupload Shutdown on Movie Sales."
November 4, 2013 - The first major patent reform legislation in years is only two years old, yet the patent system remains plagued by wasteful litigation that is harmful to innovation. Fortunately, new patent reform legislation addressing these problems is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill.