The Issues

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

TAP Highlights

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.

Do You Trust Artificial Intelligence?

“We are witnessing a wave of AI-based technologies that make their way out of the labs into industry- and user-facing applications, and we know from history that trust is an important factor that shapes the adoption of new technology.” – Urs Gasser, Harvard law professor

No Evidence that Gene Patents Restrict Research

In “How Do Patents Affect Follow-on Innovation? Evidence from the Human Genome,” economists Heidi Williams and Bhaven Sampat ask whether patents on human genes inhibit research. They find no evidence that gene patents hinder, impede, or encourage follow-on innovation.

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