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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

Imagine Leaving Facebook, But Keeping Your Social Network

University of Toronto economist Joshua Gans emphasizes: “…social media is just messages. … The critical point is that it should not matter which network you are on — you should be able to receive and send messages to people and others you have given permission to.”

How Will Digital Technology Transform Education?

Will digital technology make the traditional school obsolete? In “The Digital Transformation of Education,” law professor Jack Balkin and Julia Sonnevend discuss the rise of new models of education, including informal, peer-to-peer, and for-profit education. Over time, digital technology will change our view of how and where education will take place, and who will be involved.

Why is the FTC’s KidVid Campaign Still Relevant Today?

“KidVid offered FTC opponents a topic that fit a “nanny state” narrative about the federal government, one that the news media embraced and helped fan, because the news media itself was concerned about the freedom to advertise.” – Berkeley professor Chris Hoofnagle on the FTC’s 40-year-old campaign to rein in children’s advertising.

Is Your Philips Hue Smart Light Bulb Controlled by Hackers?

Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain stresses how “unprepared we are to manage downstream-networked devices and appliances — the “internet of things” — that are vulnerable to attack.” He then offers solutions to minimize these threats: “The unusual problems of the internet of things call for unusual solutions.”

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It’s Time for Identity Portability

Posted on June 15, 2018
Rotman School of Management economics professor Joshua Gans introduces his policy brief for The Hamilton Project: “Enhancing Competition with Data and Identity Portability.”

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