Monthly Archives: January 2012

Where’s the Market for Online Privacy?

Why are market forces so weak in protecting users’ online privacy? The main reason is that the online marketplace is economically structured around users being a commodity, data, to be aggregated and mined, not customers to be served and protected in a competitive marketplace. That’s...
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Twitter’s Realpolitik & The Sovereign-ization of the Internet

Reports that “Twitter Can Censor by Country” is a perfect example of how the world is changing the Internet. Change is a two-way street. Conventional wisdom that only assumes the Internet is changing the world risks being blind-sided by the Internet’s underappreciated exa-trend: how the...
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FCC Seeks Unbounded Spectrum Auction Authority

At CES, the FCC signaled that it opposed any effort by Congress to give the FCC policy direction or to establish any checks and balances on the FCC in authorizing incentive auctions of prime TV broadcast spectrum. See my Forbes Tech Capitalist post “FCC Seeks...
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Seven Ways the World is Changing the Internet

Since most people focus on how the Internet is changing the world, few focus on the reverse — how much the world is changing the Internet. See My Forbes Tech Capitalist blog post to learn the “Seven Ways the World is Changing the Internet.”  ...
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Competition News: January 10, 2012

Internet Cop Washington’s Techno-Confusion Guest Commentary: Congressional support for high-tech jobs Just How Dynamic is the Mobile Internet Marketplace? Does Public Knowledge Understand Competition? 2011: Change at the Speed of Light Fueled by Innovation and Spectrum April’s Dollars & Deals: The Broadband Value Circle The...
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Obsolete Television Law Needs Modernization

Important free market communications legislation introduced in mid-December warrants flagging because it brings needed attention to a real and growing problem, how obsolete communications law stifles innovation, growth and consumer benefit. See my Forbes Tech Capitalist post on the DeMint-Scalise bill, “The Next Generation Television...
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