Economics professor Shane Greenstein, Kellogg School of Management, provides a look at the evolution of the cookie. A small text file used by web pages to collect information about online activity, the cookie plays a role in a long chain of metadata operations, targeted advertising being just one use.
George Washington University Law School professor Daniel Solove dispels some of the myths about Big Data.
At this week’s FTC Big Data workshop, law and ethics professor Peter Swire joined a panel to discuss the legal landscape relevant to online marketing and big data. The panel reviewed various antidiscrimination and consumer protection laws, and considered how they may apply to the use of big data.
Yesterday, danah boyd participated in the Federal Trade Commission Big Data workshop. Dr. boyd explored the use of “big data” and its impact on American consumers, including low income and underserved consumers.
In Values at Play in Digital Games, co-authors Helen Nissenbaum and Mary Flanagan explore how games express and shape our values both directly and indirectly.
Stanford economists Nicholas Bloom and Jonathan Levin and University of Chicago’s Matthew Gentzkow are highlighted by the International Monetary Fund as part of a group of 25 economists under age 45, who are shaping the way we think about the global economy.
University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo calls for action to address the power imbalance between the privacy of individuals’ information and the institutions that leverage that data to manipulate consumers.
In his new book, The Innovative Entrepreneur, Professor Daniel Spulber introduces economic analysis that helps to explain the activities of innovative entrepreneurs.
In More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure, co-authors Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider survey the evidence of mandated disclosure and find that it rarely works.
I recently wrote a series of posts on LinkedIn exploring privacy and data security harms. I thought I’d share them here, so I am re-posting all four of these posts together in one rather long post.
The hype over “big data” masks important public policy discussions, and encourages the release of data without a careful examination of its implications. In an effort to examine the civil rights, human rights, security, and privacy issues that arise from “open data” datasets, The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have issued a request for proposals.