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Destroying contract law: CISPA violates more than privacy

Don’t let Congress undermine our best free market tool for fixing our relationships with companies. The US House of Representatives just passed a bill (CISPA, aka HR264) that explicitly allows companies to ignore their privacy agreements in the name of cybersecurity. Here’s the Huffington Post report: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/cispa-vote-house-approves_n_3109504.html SOPA. The Monsanto Protection Act. CISPA. Regulatory capture of […]

Google sees the value of Free Customers

This is fascinating: http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/google-bringing-trueview-ads-apps-games-147558 Google has an ad program on YouTube that let’s users skip ads and they are now extending it to other ad formats. Even though it is the same old advertising game–something that could use some fixing–what’s impressive is that with the ad-skipping feature Google saw “a 40 percent reduction in the number […]

World Economic Forum and Personal Data as an Asset Class

At this last week’s Personal Data Deep Dive in Palo Alto, I had a chance to talk with some of the folks working with the World Economic Forum about their recent report Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class. While I remain concerned about how the institutions of globalization might co-opt personal data to […]

Asymmetry by Choice

Perhaps the most powerful form of asymmetric information is missing from JP Rangaswami’s post addressing whether the web is making us dumber. I agree with the core point of JP’s article, but I think he oversimplifies the argument on asymmetry in a way that misses something important about the power of information. JP defines four […]