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Apple's 'Extreme' App Policies Give Google Defense in Fortnite Antitrust Suit

“Having other options definitely makes it a bit harder to say something is anticompetitive,” Economides said, speaking generally about app stores.“ With Apple, things are extreme because there’s no alternative whatsoever. That makes for a stronger potential case.” — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University
Nicholas Economides
Source: Reuters
August 17, 2020

Appeals Court Ruling for Qualcomm “A Victory of Theory Over Facts”

“I would describe it as a victory of theory over facts.” — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Source: Ars Technica
August 14, 2020

Private browsing: What it does – and doesn’t do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

“Private browsing does not make you anonymous online. Anyone who can see your internet traffic – your school or employer, your internet service provider, government agencies, people snooping on your public wireless connection – can see your browsing activity.” — Lorrie Cranor, Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The Conversation
July 30, 2020

Here Are All the Battlefronts TikTok Is Currently Fighting On

“If a bunch of congressmen go to their teenagers and say they've banned their favorite app, there might be a lot of pushback and that could matter.” — Mark Lemley, Professor of Law, Stanford University
Mark Lemley
Source: CNN Business
July 20, 2020

Why Silicon Valley’s Biggest Companies Are Investing Billions in India

“Much as it pains me to say it, the US isn't nearly as attractive a place for innovation as it was five years ago,” — Mark Lemley, Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford University
Mark Lemley
Source: CNN Business
July 17, 2020

End of the Office: The Quiet, Grinding Loneliness of Working from Home

“Working from home might boost productivity for a while, “but it’s so costly in terms of creativity and inspiration.” — Nick Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Guardian
July 14, 2020

Pandemic Stress-tests Platform Power

“Platforms such as Uber, Airbnb, and Eventbrite saw demand evaporate, and they could not easily pivot. Their transportation, hospitality, and conference services required too much human contact to endure social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates.” — Geoffrey Parker, Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College, and Marshall Van Alstyne, Professor of Information Systems & Management, Boston University
Geoffrey Parker
Source: Medium
July 1, 2020

The Two Faces of Facebook's Election Plans

“Facebook doesn't quite understand the nature of the problem, and doesn’t quite understand the nature of Facebook.” — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Director, Center for Media and Citizenship, University of Virginia
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: Wired
June 22, 2020

Nobody reads privacy policies. This senator wants lawmakers to stop pretending we do.

“Rather than saying, ‘Everything is permitted, and we'll try to legislate against certain things,’ it goes in the opposite direction.” — Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland
Frank Pasquale
Source: The Washington Post
June 18, 2020

Are Digital Giants Like Facebook Destructive by Design?

“Perhaps the problem is not irrationality, but instead it’s cold-eyed rationality in response to an observed failure in privacy protection.” — Ed Felton, Computer Scientist, Princeton University

 


Edward Felten
Source: Columbia Journalism Review’s: The Media Today
June 18, 2020
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Platform Businesses Are Just as Vulnerable as Brick-and-Mortar to Economic Stressors of Pandemic

Professors Geoffrey Parker, Dartmouth College, and Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University, share insights into why some platform-based businesses have been able to pivot and thrive amidst the COVID-19 restrictions while others flounder.

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Fact Sheets

Net Neutrality

Given the significance of the Internet, preserving its “openness” – an idea often referred to as “network neutrality” or “net neutrality” – has been a long-standing issue.

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Envelope Modeling of Renewable Resource Variability and Capacity

The output of wind turbines and solar cells varies widely, making them hard to integrate into power grids. This paper develops a new method to assess contributions from these energy resources, emphasizing that evaluators should focus on matching supply with demand.

By: Geoffrey Parker, Ekundayo Shittu, Xiaoyue Jiang