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Addressing COVID-19 Challenges, Tech Sector Is Colorblind

“But to make a dent in COVID-19, tech will need to prioritize more than efficiency. It will need to think about and build for racial equity, too.” — Professor Mary L. Gray, Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

5G Focusses Attention on FRAND Disputes

Some observers have proposed more scrutiny of 5G patent licensing. In “Licensing Standard Essential Patents with FRAND Commitments: Preparing for 5G Mobile Telecommunications,” law and business professor Daniel Spulber explains how the standard-setting process and license negotiations preclude the need for regulation.

How Governments Can Reduce Privacy Risks from Transparency Initiatives

Release of data held by government agencies increases transparency but threatens privacy. In “Towards a Modern Approach to Privacy-Aware Government Data Releases,” law professor Urs Gasser and his coauthors note that government statistics may include information that can be traced to specific individuals, and sets out a framework for agencies to use in protecting the privacy from the time data is collected until its release.

Assessing the Merger Doctrine, a Key Defense to Copyright Claims

There are a limited number of ways in which one can draw a bee or write code to make software interoperate with other software. In such cases, courts say that the ideas in the created work “merge” with the way they are expressed. In “Reconceptualizing Copyright's Merger Doctrine,” law professor Pamela Samuelson explains the importance of merger defenses in protecting competition and freedom of expression.

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Mary Gray Urges COVID-19 Technology to Focus on Equity

Posted on July 10, 2020
Mary L. Gray, faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, calls out the tech sector for exacerbating “the systemic racism and health disparities that have given the pandemic its grotesque shape in our country — because they ignore them.”

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