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

TAP Highlights

AI Has the Potential to Change the Innovation Process

Leading scholars explore the economic impact of artificial intelligence. In addition to having the potential to directly influence the creation and production of products and services, which in turn effect employment and productivity, some economists believe that AI could change the innovation process itself.

Can Contract Law Protect Privacy?

Few scholars or courts look to contract law to protect privacy. In “Privacy, the Hacker Way,” law professor Andrea Matwyshyn shows how contract law could provide a framework for protecting privacy based on implied promises, giving consumers the right to damages from firms that fail to take reasonably good care of their data.

The Cost of Race-Neutral Affirmative Action Plans

Chicago public schools reserve slots at elite high schools for students from low-income areas. In “The Efficiency of Race-Neutral Alternatives to Race-Based Affirmative Action: Evidence from Chicago's Exam Schools,” economists Glenn Ellison and Parag Pathak find that such race-neutral policies require the schools to distort their admission process far more than racial quotas.

The Internet of Insecure Things

Should toys, clothing, and other everyday objects be part of the Internet of Things? In “The Internet of Heirlooms and Disposable Things,” law professors Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger warn of security flaws and software glitches that could make such items dangerous, and propose ground rules to ensure that firms are accountable for any harms.

Upcoming Events

IP Speaker Series: Clark D. Asay

October 11, 2017, Washington, DC

Privacy. Security. Risk. 2017

October 16, 2017, San Diego, CA

Patent Law in Global Perspective

October 20, 2017, Stanford, CA

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