The Issues

  • Competition Policy and Antitrust
  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Intellectual Property
  • Interoperability
  • Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing
  • Privacy and Security

TAP Highlights

Call for Papers on Patents and SSOs

Economists and legal scholars will gather in May 2018 at the Searle Center to discuss selected research papers on standard-setting organizations and patents. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

Reforming Surveillance Law for the Digital Age

Some courts have held that one should not expect information to remain private once it has been given to a third party, but many Supreme Court cases reject that view. In “The Path to ECPA Reform and the Implications of United States v. Jones,” privacy expert James Dempsey describes surveillance law reform consistent with courts’ willingness to ask for more privacy protection for online information.

The Political Implications of Search Algorithms

Most people think of algorithms as pure abstractions that yield a rational result. In “Can an Algorithm be Agonistic? Ten Scenes from Life in Calculated Publics,” researcher Kate Crawford considers how political struggles shape algorithms, and how algorithms in turn shape political outcomes.

Blockchain’s Tranformative Potential

What is blockchain? In “The Truth about Blockchain,” economists Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani describe how blockchain works, comparing its potential to transform the economy with TCP-IP, the technology that creates the Internet. They predict that systems based on blockchain will transform banking and currency over the next few decades, one day affecting the structure of the firm itself.

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