You Get What You Measure: Internet Performance Measurement as a Policy Tool

The emphasis on one facet of internet performance, such as last mile broadband networks, tends to minimize other factors that may be more important to the user, such as the performance impact of tracking networks, browsers, webpage design, and web server performance.

November 16, 2017 0

The Great Social Media Freakout

Senator Al Franken got Silicon Valley’s attention by proposing to apply net neutrality regulations to mega-gatekeepers Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al. Writing in The Guardian, the senator correctly observed that…

November 14, 2017 0

Trump’s CNN attacks may hobble legal case to block AT&T-Time Warner deal

The court’s rejections of the Muslim ban foreshadow the tainted DoJ review of the AT&T/Time Warner merger review: Trump’s repeated claims that CNN produces “fake news” and other criticisms of…

November 10, 2017 0

50 Shades of Needless Complexity: Avoiding Policy-Induced Outages

The Internet broke Monday morning. Not for everybody, of course: the outages just hit people who get their Internet service from an ISP that uses Level 3 for backbone service…

November 8, 2017 0

How Level 3’s Tiny Error Shut Off the Internet for Parts of the US

Wired explains why you had a hard time accessing a big part of the Internet yesterday. Level 3 misconfigured some routes due to a “route leak”. A YEAR AGO, a…

November 7, 2017 0

Study finds fringe communities on Reddit and 4chan have high influence on flow of alternative news to Twitter

Reddit and 4chan help fake news garner eyeballs on Twitter, which then helps it break out on the New York Times, Infowars, CNN, and similar sites. After analyzing millions of…

November 6, 2017 0

Will an Algorithm Replace Me?

Greg Adamson and colleagues at University of Melbourne offer advice on keeping your job from going to a robot: “Since the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago, technological advances have always…

November 6, 2017 0

Making DOCSIS Suitable for LTE Backhaul

Cable Labs and Cisco are exploring ways to reduce DOCSIS latency so it can become a suitable backhaul for LTE. One trick is parallelism: We found that traditional cable equipment…

November 6, 2017 0

Net Neutrality: Two Sleeper Legal Issues May Force Congress to Act

Szoka and Owens on the “major questions” doctrine and Section 230 protection for ISPs: The Major Questions doctrine doesn’t always mean the government loses. In fact, in King v. Burwell,…

November 3, 2017 0

Supreme Court Should Free the Internet from the FCC

Cato comments on Dan Berninger’s Supreme Court petition: The Federal Communications Commission, at least under previous chairmen, desperately wanted to control the internet. To further this objective, the FCC reversed…

November 3, 2017 0