Several TAP scholars are participating this weekend in the 11th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference
. Hosted by the International Industrial Organization, the 3-day conference will cover topics ranging from technology and information, access regulation and net neutrality, and search behavior to vertical contracts in high-tech industries, the effects of intellectual property policy, and the economic impacts of innovation.
During the May 9 State of the Mobile Net panel, “Mobile Location: The Policies of Where,” expert panelists discussed the potential advantages and pitfalls of mobile phone location services as related to privacy issues and how these issues are affecting consumers and Congressional decisions.
Due to the passing of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 in the Senate last week, there is growing attention on Internet sales tax. TAP highlights economics professor Jonathan Levin’s research into the impact of the Internet and the effect of sales taxes on the $150B Internet retail industry.
Several bills aiming to reform immigration legislation have been introduced in the House and Senate. TAP looks at scholarly work that delves into a few of the issues underneath the high-skilled immigration debates in Congress.
“Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age,” a conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, attracted an international group of intellectual property experts to debate the merits of introducing legal formalities to copyright law.
In his article for The New Yorker, Columbia University law professor Tim Wu discusses the current state of the net neutrality rules. In “The Coming War Over Net Neutrality,” Professor Wu states that the net neutrality rules are “a pricing truce for the Internet.”
Law professor Ryan Calo, University of Washington, examines Judge Richard Posner’s recent article that suggests privacy should take second place to concerns with security.
Economist and law professor Howard Shelanski is nominated by President Obama to a White House position charged with reviewing the regulations that are proposed by government departments. In an interview with The Antitrust Source, Professor Shelanski discusses his thoughts on patent reform, innovation and antitrust policy.
TAP scholar Chris Hoofnagle takes a look at the implications of free online content in his new paper, “The Price of ‘Free’: Accounting for the Cost of the Internet’s Most Popular Price.” Forthcoming in UCLA Law Review in 2014, Hoofnagle discusses what these costs mean for consumers.
Professor Ed Felten, Princeton University, wrote an article for Slate that shows how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) hinders security research. In “The Chilling Effects of the DMCA”, he tells three stories of DMCA threats against himself and a graduate student. He also offers suggestions for how Congress can fix the problem.
Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University, examines the court cases and recent Congressional bills that virtually ensure we will all be paying sales tax on Internet purchases soon.