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Earlier this month, Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu discussed his recent book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires” to a full room during the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s luncheon series. A webcast and podcast are available.
Google has announced that users of its Chrome browser will be able to download a plugin that allows you to opt out of ad tracking. Economics Professor Joshua Gans takes a look at the impact of using this plugin –both for the online browser and advertisers.
TAP’s Christopher Yoo will participate in tomorrow’s 2011 State of the Net Conference; and will join the discussion on “Congress & the Open Internet Order”. Professor Yoo has emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on law and technology.
Is the FTC up to the challenge of enforcing consumer privacy rights?
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society presents Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm (EST). The event will be webcast live. Professor Wu will be discussing his new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.”
Economics Professor Joshua Gans examines the impact of the FTC’s proposal for a "do not track" mechanism that would provide consumers the option of preventing companies from tracking their online movements.
Speaking at the Open Video Conference earlier this fall, Jonathan Zittrain discussed the benefits and consequences of the increasing number of ways users participate online. Of interest to his audience, he explored some of the issues unique to video creation and online distribution such as, copyright protection, bandwidth, and methods for identifying, classifying, and searching for videos.
The Federal Trade Commission released a privacy report last week that proposes the creation of a "Do Not Track" tool for the Internet, which would enable people to prevent marketers from tracking their web browsing. The preliminary report was presented to Congress, and proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu discusses his new book, "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires" in a two-part video discussion from Press: Here.
Online privacy continues to be a key debate amongst policy makers. This post presents articles by privacy scholars Paul Ohm, Chris Hoofnagle, Daniel Solove, and Edward Felten; and looks at the basics of data privacy law.
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