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

Internet Monopoly Platform Crisis

Monopoly Platform Crisis

How the tables have turned. At the dawn of the net neutrality debate, the good guys in the Internet marketplace were the scrappy platform startups created in dorm rooms and…

October 26, 2017 0

Big Picture Issues with EFF Letter

As I pointed out in the last post, the Engineers Letter EFF filed with the FCC in the Internet Freedom docket is riddled with errors. It attacks the Commission’s understanding…

July 27, 2017 0

Five Myths About Internet Privacy

Our web activity is tracked by “edge services” such as Google and Facebook even if we don’t go to their web sites. This is because they both operate tracking networks with the cooperation of web sites that carry their tracking code.

March 30, 2017 0

Congress is Watching You: What to Look For in the House Internet Privacy Debate

Yes. Does Google track you outside of google.com? Yes. Does Google share sensitive data about you with third parties it collects from sites like edmarkey.com and standtallforamerica.com? I don’t know that it does, but it’s entitled to by its privacy disclosures. And the same goes for a dozen other trackers unleashed on web users who visit these two sites.

March 28, 2017 0

What’s a Tracker Network and What Can it See?

In Wednesday’s Senate floor debate over the Congressional Review Act resolution on the Wheeler FCC’s privacy regulations, each Democratic Senator made the same claim: ISPs can see all the web…

March 23, 2017 0

Saving the Web from Humanity

28 years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee designed the web in a memo to his bosses at CERN, the European Union’s research center for nuclear energy. While nuclear energy is…

March 14, 2017 0

FCC Course Correction

The FCC has made a number of expected decisions on pending issues and signalled a willingness to alter the course of network regulation in a more permissive, innovation-friendly direction. Here are some highlights of recent actions.

January 31, 2017 0

The Internet is Making Us Stupid

The Internet is making us stupid because of clickbait. This isn’t a new fact, it’s a reality that’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore as its consequences spread. The Internet is…

November 8, 2016 0