Digital garden

This is my digital garden [of research]. It will grow and be harvested.

Here is my commonplace, a list of datasets, research resources, stats, econometric methods, libraries in R and python, and the like.
I’m collecting research on social media in this bibliography.

My day job is in tech policy, so I wrote a guide to the issues for policymakers.
Here are the things with which I have strong confidence.


Notes and quotes from books I’ve read.
All of my website tags.
Every so often I post links.

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Should we break up big tech?

I’m skeptical. In this Wall Street Journal op-ed, titled “Breaking Up Big Tech Is Hard to Do”, I explain why structural separation will face challenges. Breaking up tech companies means that the government would have to split up their teams and their underlying technology. It would also require a legal and regulatory system to keep each targeted company separate from the others' markets. These restrictions would pose challenges for any company. But for highly integrated tech firms, they’d be a death sentence.

In a companion piece to my WSJ op-ed above, “Breaking Up Tech Companies Means Breaking Up Teams And The Underlying Technology”, I explore more in depth the difficulties in breaking up tech companies, especially as it relates to each company’s tech stack.

Is there a kill zone in tech?

Recently, Noah Smith explored an emerging question in tech. Is there a kill zone where new and innovative upstarts are being throttled by the biggest players? While there is good evidence that such a thing happens in pharma, there is little evidence of it for other industries, most importantly tech. Since I am not clever, here is “Is There a Kill Zone in Tech?"

Should consumers “own” their data?

The properties of data make ownership a difficult prospect. Knowing this, regulators have instead opted for simple restrictions on data use instead of making data completely an individual’s property. Consumer behavior confirms part of this thesis, as many are willing to trade their information for services. Not surprisingly, data ownership, like other data restriction plans, is a costly endeavor. While there is a natural inclination to push for data-ownership policies, implementing these kinds of policies would have a detrimental effect on innovation. I break it all down in, “The Law & Economics of ‘Owning Your Data.'

What’s the value of data

A Dive Into Digital Dividends – California Governor Gavin Newsom recently called for a data dividend “because we recognize that your data has value, and it belongs to you.” The notion that platforms should pay out a portion of their profits to their users has been gaining steam more broadly, as well. But the idea is misplaced for three primary reasons. First, advertising revenue does not equal the value of data. Second, even if data is jointly created, joint control isn’t the most efficient outcome. And finally, consumers already benefit from ad-supported platforms to the tune of $7 trillion a year.

Why A Data Portability Act Might Not Be An Effective Policy Path – Voice in tech, who are more reluctant to regulate directly, have come up with an idea to increase competition: data portability. Most of the proposals for creating data portability, however, miss what makes data valuable, and thus what gives these companies such power. Data isn’t the key to Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Rather, it is the structure and processing tools around the data that drive these platforms. Further, the United States already tried an open-access regime to foster competition in the telecom sector, with lackluster results. Contrary to the standard bearers of this idea, there are very good reasons to think that regulations to create data portability won’t be effective at all.

Network neutrality

When I first started in tech policy, I vehemently supported network neutrality, but I have since lost my confidence in the need for this kind of rule.

The basic economic rule is telling. Companies want to maximize future expected profits which means a natural inclination for openness. The more content that flows over a network, the more it is valued by the consumer and thus the access price can be higher. It is a version of a two part tariff problem.

Section 230

The Precedents for Forcing Neutrality on Tech Platforms – This Congress, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed legislation that would fundamentally change a key law underpinning the tech economy, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Currently, Section 230 limits the liability of tech companies for the content that traverses across their Internet platforms. This proposal arises from a longstanding concern about media companies and platforms: that they are biased. In fact, if enacted this proposal would not be the first law that attempts to force such neutrality. But such enforced neutrality has met opposition in the Supreme Court, and ironically it could stifle the free speech it seeks to support.

Reviving the OTA

The Political Economy of Expertise – I’ve been skeptical of reviving the OTA in the past and I remain so. In this Cato Unbound piece, I explore the reasons why.

Will AI steal jobs?

Understanding Job Loss Predictions From Artificial Intelligence – Worries about artificial intelligence (AI) tend to emanate from concerns about the impact of the new technology on work. Many fear that automation will destabilize labor markets, depress wage growth, and lead to long-term secular decline in the labor market and economy as a whole. Policymakers should know that (1) similar models charting AI job loss can result in widely different job prediction losses; (2) most AI job loss predictions aren’t compared against current economic baselines; and (3) implementing AI-based systems isn’t costless and is likely to take some time to accomplish. Not only is there a lack of consensus on the best way to model AI-based labor changes, but more important, there is no consensus as to the best policy path to help us prepare for these changes.

Tracing the impact of automation on workers and firms – August 14, 2020 – The Benchmark – Automation will be a slow process in many sectors. Instead, productivity data is uneven. Firms are reluctant to change, and only some industries seem to be affected by robotics or other automation methods.

Is AI biased?

Understanding Job Loss Predictions From Artificial Intelligence – Worries about artificial intelligence (AI) tend to emanate from concerns about the impact of the new technology on work. Many fear that automation will destabilize labor markets, depress wage growth, and lead to long-term secular decline in the labor market and economy as a whole. Policymakers should know that (1) similar models charting AI job loss can result in widely different job prediction losses; (2) most AI job loss predictions aren’t compared against current economic baselines; and (3) implementing AI-based systems isn’t costless and is likely to take some time to accomplish. Not only is there a lack of consensus on the best way to model AI-based labor changes, but more important, there is no consensus as to the best policy path to help us prepare for these changes.

Mandating AI Fairness May Come At The Expense Of Other Types of Fairness – In 2016, ProPublica sparked a conversation over the use of risk assessment algorithms when they concluded that a widely used “score proved remarkably unreliable in forecasting violent crime” in Florida. Their examination of the racial disparities in scoring has been cited countless times, often as a proxy for the power of automation and algorithms in daily life. As this examination continues, two precepts are worth keeping in mind. First, the social significance of algorithms needs to be considered, not just their internal model significance. While the accuracy of algorithms are important, more emphasis should be placed on how they are used within institutional settings. And second, fairness is not a single idea. Mandates for certain kinds of fairness could come at the expense of others forms of fairness. As always, policymakers need to be cognizant of the tradeoffs.

An AI Innovation Agenda – The AI race is on. Countries, entrepreneurs, and firms across the globe are jockeying to capitalize on artificial intelligence (AI). While it has received much negative publicity, AI creates many opportunities for the economy and country. To ensure that the United States can benefit from the possibilities of these new technologies, policymakers should work toward implementing this AI agenda.

Techno-philosophy | Privacy & Data Regulation | Innovation & Competition Policy | Telecommunications & Broadband | AI, Algorithms, & Platform Regulation | Gig Economy & Miscellaneous


Techno-philosophy

Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment would require a set of specific conditions in Congress. We have simply not arrived at that time. – June 15, 2019 – Tech Liberation Front

The Political Economy of Expertise – June 14, 2019 – Cato Unbound

An Esoteric Reading of LM Sacasas – February 26, 2019 – The Technology Liberation Front

Jordan Peterson’s Missing Rhetoric: A Reaction To The Recent Tyler Cowen Interview – February 15, 2019 – Medium

The Kids Are Going To Be Alright – January 17, 2019 – The Technology Liberation Front

Smarter Together, to What Ends? A Review of AIQ – December 14, 2018 – Prototype

Three Short Responses To The Pacing Problem – November 27, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Book Review: Cathy O’Neil’s “Weapons of Math Destruction” – November 7, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

In Defense of Techno-optimism – October 10, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

The Definition of Technology Matters For Tech Policy And Growth – August 6, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

The Online Public Sphere or: Facebook, Google, Reddit, and Twitter also support positive communities – July 11, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Is Internet Access a Right? – June 14, 2018 – Liberal Currents

Illiberal Reformers of Speech – February 26, 2018 – Liberal Currents

Technologies of Freedom – January 3, 2018 – Cato Unbound

Democracy as an Essentially Contested Concept – December 21, 2017 – Cato Unbound

Fake News and Our Real Problems – December 5, 2017 – Cato Unbound

Where Economists and Data Scientists Diverge – October 10, 2017 – Medium

The Rhetoric of Technopanics And Why It Matters – September 15, 2017 – Medium

The Enchantment of Code and the Rise of Technoanimism – January 18, 2017 – Medium

What Ever Happened to Slacktivism? – January 12, 2017 – Soapbox DC

If I never again heard about the trolley problem applied to autonomous vehicles, I would be excessively happy – November 2, 2016 – Medium

We Are All Cyberlibertarians: An Exploration of Technological Determinism and Cyberlibertarianism – September 7, 2016 – Tech Policy Corner

As Election Season Heats Up, Remember This Chart – April 15, 2016 – Medium

Yet Another Unprovable Theory About Trump’s Political Rise – March 17, 2016 – Soapbox DC

Privacy & Data Regulation

Hearing on Data Ownership: Exploring Implications for Data Privacy Rights and Data Valuation – October 24, 2019 – Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

How Do You Value Data? A Reply To Jaron Lanier’s Op-Ed In The NYT – September 23, 2019 – Tech Liberation Front

Will the Antitrust Investigation into Google Benefit Consumers? – September 18, 2019 – American Action Forum

Fallout from the Facebook Fine – August 6, 2019 – American Action Forum

The Anti-Coherence of American Surveillance – April 15, 2019 – Medium

A Dive Into Digital Dividends – April 2, 2019 – American Action Forum

Approaches to Regulating Technology: From Privacy to A.I. (editor) – March 15, 2019 – American Action Forum

Four Reasons Why Senator Warren’s Public Utility Proposal Will Backfire – March 12, 2019 – American Action Forum

Understanding The ADD Act – January 17, 2019 – American Action Forum

Primer: How To Understand And Approach AI Regulation – January 10, 2019 – American Action Forum

An AI Innovation Agenda – January 10, 2019 – American Action Forum

NTIA Comments on Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy – November 8, 2018 – American Action Forum

Opt-In Mandates Shouldn’t Be Included In Privacy Laws – November 8, 2018 – American Action Forum

Should the US Adopt the GDPR? – October 1, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Debate: Should the U.S. Copy the EU’s New Privacy Law? – October 4, 2018 – Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Explaining The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation – May 22, 2018 – American Action Forum

The Law & Economics of “Owning Your Data” – April 10, 2018 – American Action Forum

Why A Data Portability Act Might Not Be An Effective Policy Path – February 6, 2018 – American Action Forum

The Social Graph Portability Act Doesn’t Take Tech Seriously, and That’s Worrying – October 13, 2017 – Medium

The BROWSER Act Explained – June 14, 2017 – American Action Forum

Why the LabMD Case Matters for the Regulation of Privacy – November 16, 2016 – American Action Forum

No Congress Didn’t Give the FCC a Broad Mandate to Regulate Privacy – June 23, 2016 – American Action Forum

Proposed FCC Privacy Rules Would Harm Innovation – June 7, 2016 – American Action Forum

What Exactly Constitutes A Privacy Harm? – June 1, 2016 – American Action Forum

An Explanation Of The Newly Proposed FCC Privacy Rules – April 19, 2016 – American Action Forum

The Broad Implications of the Newly Invalid US-EU Data Pact – October 7, 2015 – American Action Forum

Student Data Privacy: 5 Rules to Follow – June 4, 2015 – American Action Forum

The Market Realities that Undermined the FTC’s Antitrust Case Against Google – July, 2013 – Harvard Journal of Law & Technology

To what standard of free speech should we hold Twitter? – June 5, 2013 – The Commentator (UK)

The internet, like the press, works best when left alone – May 20, 2013 – The Commentator (UK)

Balancing innovation with data protection – May 7, 2013 – The Commentator (UK)

Innovation & Competition Policy

The Entrepreneurial State, Some Brief Comments – October 16, 2019 – Tech Liberation Front

Breaking up Facebook Would Be a Technical and Organizational Nightmare — and Would Almost Certainly Harm Consumers – July 24, 2019 – Truth on the Market

Comments for the Department of Justice’s Competition in Television and Digital Advertising Workshop – June 17, 2019 – American Action Forum

Signaling and supply chains in the Chinese startup scene – January 28, 2019 – Medium

Is There a Kill Zone in Tech? – November 7, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

The Government Should Not Ban Mergers And Buyouts – October 4, 2018 – American Action Forum

Scaling Innovation: Why We Should Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy – October 4, 2018 – Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

The Lasting Legacy of the Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Will Likely Be the Spread of Grocery Tech– August 28, 2018 – Truth On The Market

The Competition Debate: Is Big Tech Good for America? – July 27, 2018 – IGF-USA

Breaking Up Big Tech Is Hard to Do – July 22, 2018 – Wall Street Journal

Breaking Up Tech Companies Means Breaking Up Teams And The Underlying Technology – July 23, 2018 – American Action Forum

A History Of Failure: Government-Imposed Corporate Breakups – June 27, 2018 – American Action Forum

The AT&T-Time Warner Decision – June 13, 2018 – American Action Forum

Did the Microsoft Antitrust Case Pave the Way for the Tech Revolution? – February 28, 2018 – American Action Forum

Proposed Antitrust Legislation Would Be A Radical Departure – January 5, 2018 – American Action Forum

Should We Care About The Size of Firms? Charting the Connections Between Productivity, Entrepreneurism, and Big Business – November 2, 2017 – American Action Forum

How to Think About Modern Media Mergers – June 20, 2014 – American Action Forum

A Framework to Reform FCC Competition Policy – June 13, 2014 – American Action Forum

E-Books and the Boundaries of Antitrust – September 3, 2012 – Concurrences, No. 3-2012

Telecommunications & Broadband

Breaking Down Sanders’ Broadband Plan – December 19, 2019 – American Action Forum

What is C-Band? – October 16, 2019 – American Action Forum

Analyzing Plans To Reallocate C-Band for 5G Deployment – October 7, 2019 – American Action Forum

The AAF Exchange Ep. 10: Rural Broadband – September 3, 2019 – American Action Forum

Corporations Aren’t the Problem with Broadband Access – September 3, 2019 – American Action Forum

Would A Federal Broadband Program Help Rural Areas? – August 15, 2019 – American Action Forum

What Is Being Done to Combat Robocalls? – June 5, 2019 – American Action Forum

Net neutrality debate is really about the ballooning regulatory state – April 12, 2019 – Washington Examiner

Beware Beto’s Siren Song of Rural Broadband – March 26, 2019 – RealClearPolicy

If you’re worried about net neutrality, put your reputation on the line and make a prediction about the future – December 17, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Should The New NPR Poll On Rural America Make You Reconsider Your View of Rural Broadband Development? – October 17, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger And False Market Distinctions – September 16, 2018 – American Action Forum

Comments on the transfer of control of Sprint Corporation to T-Mobile – September 16, 2018 – FCC Commentary

Broadband e-Connectivity Pilot Program Comments – September 10, 2018 – Regulations.gov Submission

A Look At Rural Broadband Economics – August 14, 2018 – American Action Forum

The Congressional Review Act Might Not Fully Restore Net Neutrality, Leaving It A Zombie Regulation – April 19, 2018 – American Action Forum

What’s In The Infrastructure Plan For Broadband? – February 22, 2018 – American Action Forum

The Right Legislation For Net Neutrality – January 24, 2018 – American Action Forum

Full Steam Ahead on The FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics – January 17, 2018 – American Action Forum

Five Questions To Ask About The Network Neutrality Rule Change – December 14, 2017 – American Action Forum

Eliminating Burdensome Media Ownership Rules Will Help Outlets Adapt To The Digital World – November 15, 2017 – American Action Forum

The $40 Billion Broadband Plan That Misses the Mark – November 2, 2017 – American Action Forum

The Title II Order Is Costly and Ineffective, It Should Be Repealed – August 30, 2017 – FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Filing

Rural Broadband Redux, What We Know – August 22, 2017 – American Action Forum

Why Is The Broadband Infrastructure Debate Dominated By Supply-Siders? – June 21, 2017 – Medium

Broadband Subsidies Totaled $8.2 Billion Last Year – June 1, 2017 – American Action Forum

Four Missing Pieces To The John Oliver Bit On Net Neutrality – May 12, 2017 – American Action Forum

FCC Data Suggests Broadband Inequality Has Decreased – May 11, 2017 – American Action Forum

Is Cost Really Stopping Consumers From Getting Broadband? – May 10, 2017 – American Action Forum

Keeping the Internet Open and Free Doesn’t Mean Title II – April 26, 2017 – American Action Forum

Why More Government Owned Broadband Networks Aren’t Being Built – April 13, 2017 – American Action Forum

Five Myths Of The Broadband Privacy CRA – April 4, 2017 – American Action Forum

How Well Do Rural Broadband Subsidies Work? – March 1, 2017 – American Action Forum

Is The Lifeline Subsidy An Effective Program? – February 28, 2017 – American Action Forum

FCC Chairman Wheeler By The Numbers – February 8, 2017 – American Action Forum

The Real Question Behind Zero-Rating: Who Should Pay? – February 7, 2017 – Medium

The Early History of the FCC Doesn’t Provide a Basis for Regulating Facebook and Google Now – January 10, 2017 – Medium

What The FCC Left Out From Its Zero-Rating Analysis – January 4, 2017 – American Action Forum

The FCC’s Media Ownership Order is a Retreat from Congressional Mandate – August 29, 2016 – American Action Forum

FCC’s Overreach on Government Run Networks Gets Rebuke From Court – August 16, 2016 – American Action Forum

Court Finds Network Neutrality Rules Both Legal And Bad Policy – June 21, 2016 – American Action Forum

Everything You Need To Know About Spectrum: A Primer – June 9, 2016 – American Action Forum

Four More Things We Know About Fixed And Mobile Broadband Competition – May 24, 2016 – American Action Forum

Four Things We Know About Fixed And Mobile Broadband Competition – May 17, 2016 – American Action Forum

Merger Agreement Spotlights FCC’s Turn Away From Innovation – April 28, 2016 – American Action Forum

Throw Back Thursday: When The FCC Used To Be Independent – April 21, 2016 – American Action Forum

The White House Gets Involved in the FCC, An Independent Agency, Yet Again – April 21, 2016 – Medium

Why Netflix’s Recent Admission Matters For The Open Internet Debate – March 31, 2016 – American Action Forum

A Brief Overview Of The Upcoming Spectrum Auction And The Repacking Problems – March 24, 2016 – American Action Forum

Primer: The Basics Of Special Access – March 22, 2016 – American Action Forum

What’s Missing From Lifeline Reforms – March 18, 2016 – American Action Forum

20 Years Later, The FCC Still Needs To Align With Competition – March 9, 2016 – American Action Forum

Five Reforms To Modernize The Lifeline Subsidy Program – December 7, 2015 – American Action Forum

Five Charts to Reveal the Real Digital Divide – August 6, 2015 – American Action Forum

Why The Announcements from Google and Facebook Matter for US ISPs – August 5, 2015 – Medium

Policy Concerns of LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum – June 26, 2015 – American Action Forum

The FCC Shouldn’t Expand Spectrum Reserves – June 18, 2015 – American Action Forum

Charter/TWC Relevant Market Analysis – June 17, 2015 – American Action Forum

FCC Proposes Changes to Lifeline – June 9, 2015 – American Action Forum

The Real History of Title II and Investment – May 20, 2015 – American Action Forum

Small Businesses Bear the Brunt of Network Neutrality Rules – March 24, 2015 – American Action Forum

What is Driving the New Wifi First Cellular Services? – March 13, 2015 – Medium

Muni Projects Up To 50 Percent More Expensive for Consumers – March 5, 2015 – American Action Forum

Title II Reclassification is a Bad Software Patch – February 12, 2015 – American Action Forum

The FCC Changes the Definition of Broadband – February 2, 2015 – American Action Forum

Title II Reclassification Negatively Impacts Jobs and Investment – January 14, 2015 – American Action Forum

Primer: Network Neutrality and Title II – December 11, 2014 – American Action Forum

Title II Reclassification Explained – November 24, 2014 – American Action Forum

Net Neutrality and Reclassification Make American Broadband Consumers the Real Losers – November 17, 2014 – CNS News

A Look Inside The Complicated FCC Transaction Review Process – October 31, 2014 – American Action Forum

Reply Comments on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger – September 24, 2014 – American Action Forum

Taking Chairman Wheeler’s Broadband Competition Challenge Seriously – September 5, 2014 – American Action Forum

NFL Blackout Rule Has Run Its Course – September 4, 2014 – American Action Forum

The Daily Dish – August 26, 2014 – American Action Forum

Comments to the FCC on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger – August 25, 2014 – American Action Forum

STELA Reauthorization Highlights Need for Video Reform – August 5, 2014 – American Action Forum

Comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification – July 17, 2014 – American Action Forum

Principles to Rationalize Spectrum Policy – May 1, 2014 – American Action Forum

The Daily Dish – April 28, 2014 – American Action Forum

The Daily Dish – April 10, 2014 – American Action Forum

What is Network Neutrality – April 7, 2014 – American Action Forum

Guidelines & Questions to Frame the Network Neutrality Proceedings – March 21, 2014 – American Action Forum

What Does Netflix’s Strong Net Neutrality Actually Achieve? – March 21, 2014 – American Action Forum

Comcast-Time Warner Cable: An Overview of the Relevant Markets – February 19, 2014 – American Action Forum

New Net Neutrality Bill Drops, Concerns Still Linger – February 7, 2014 – American Action Forum

Network Neutrality Decision a Mixed Bag for Consumers – January 14, 2014 – American Action Forum

Reply Comments In the Matter of Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries – November 7, 2013 – TechFreedom & The International Center for Law & Economics

The Law and Economics of the FCC’s Transaction Review Process – August 23, 2013 – TPRC 41: The 41st Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy

Does cable really have a 97% profit margin? – February 15, 2013 – The Daily Caller

Regulators should keep their hands off 4G – April 7, 2013 – The Commentator (UK)

AI, Algorithms, & Platform Regulation

Understanding Job Loss Predictions From Artificial Intelligence – July 11, 2019 – American Action Forum

There are good reasons to be skeptical that automation will unravel the labor market – July 8, 2019 – Tech Liberation Front

The Precedents for Forcing Neutrality on Tech Platforms – June 21, 2019 – American Action Forum

Approaches to Regulating Technology: From Privacy to A.I. (editor) – March 15, 2019 – American Action Forum

Four Reasons Why Senator Warren’s Public Utility Proposal Will Backfire – March 12, 2019 – American Action Forum

Primer: How To Understand And Approach AI Regulation – January 10, 2019 – American Action Forum

An AI Innovation Agenda – January 10, 2019 – American Action Forum

Smarter Together, to What Ends? A Review of AIQ – December 14, 2018 – Prototype

Is Facebook Now Over-moderating Content? – September 10, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Practical Problems with Regulating Tech in the Public Interest – August 30, 2018 – Prototype

Big Data Hubris – August 20, 2018 – Comments for the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection

Platform Competition And The Implications Of Amex – August 20, 2018 – Comments for the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection

Algorithmic Regulation And Consumer Welfare – August 20, 2018 – Comments for the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection

The Folly Of Compulsory Licensing – August 10, 2018 – Weekly Checkup

How Should Privacy Be Defined? A Roadmap – August 6, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Why Did The Facebook Stock Drop Last Week? Some Economics Of Decision-making – July 31, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Did The Supreme Court Get The Market Definition Correct In The Amex Case? – July 6, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Mandating AI Fairness May Come At The Expense Of Other Types of Fairness – June 21, 2018 – The Technology Liberation Front

Answering the Three Big Questions Surrounding Cambridge Analytica – March 21, 2018 – Medium

Maybe the fake news problem was always there, but only now it’s coming into the light – March 14, 2018 – Medium

The Perils of the Subscription Model – March 12, 2018 – Medium

Did Fake News Tip The Election? A Research Redux – February 21, 2018 – Medium

The Reactions To Facebook’s Changes Highlight The Privileged Status of News – January 19, 2018 – Medium

Understanding the Impact of Algorithms Requires Social Significance, Not Simply Statistical Significance – December 4, 2017 – Workshop on Trustworthy Algorithmic Decision-Making

Who is to Blame for Algorithmic Outrage? – September 21, 2017 – Medium

The Election of 2016 and the Filter Bubble Thesis in 2017 – September 15, 2017 – Medium

This is why most criticism of risk assessment models is mistaken – July 25, 2017 – Medium

Did Echo Chambers and Fake News Really Tip the Election? – December 02, 2016 – Real Clear Future

Was There Really A Fake News Epidemic? Three Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rely On The Buzzfeed Analysis Of Fake News – January 31, 2017 – Medium

What’s Missing From the White House’s Reports on AI? A Balanced Take on Entrepreneurism – November 10, 2016 – American Action Forum

Primer: Why Algorithms Are Important to Public Policy – October 5, 2016 – American Action Forum

Are Google Ads Really Gender Biased? – August 29, 2016 – Medium

Which Policies Will Foster the Growth of Artificial Intelligence? – July 22, 2016 – American Action Forum

Is Facebook Suppressing Conservative News? Some Context and Questions to all the Innuendo – May 12, 2016 – Soapbox DC

Five Things We Know About The “Filter Bubble Thesis” – April 27, 2016 – Medium

What If Stalin Had Computers? Well, He Would Still Need Human Action – August 25, 2015 – Medium

The Algorithmic Filtering Debate Desperately Needs More Nuance – August 24, 2015 – Medium

Gig Economy & Miscellaneous

The Options For The Future Of The International Space Station – September 25, 2018 – American Action Forum

Making Sense of the 2017 Contingent Worker Survey – June 7, 2018 – American Action Forum

How Much Do Uber Drivers Make? From 2PerHourto472 Per Hour – October 27, 2017 – American Action Forum

Testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia on Bill 22-92 – April 26, 2017 – American Action Forum

R&D Funding In The First Year Of Trump’s Administration – March 29, 2017 – American Action Forum

Washington should harness the power of the gig economy – January 10, 2017 – The Hill

The Gig Economy: Research and Policy Implications of Regional, Economic, and Demographic Trends – January 10, 2017 – The Aspen Institute

Six Questions Policymakers Should Ask About the Gig Economy – November 17, 2016 – American Action Forum

New York’s Short Term Rental Ban Only Limits Opportunities – October 26, 2016 – American Action Forum

An Innovation Agenda For 2017 – October 13, 2016 – American Action Forum

What Will Brexit Mean for US Tech And Digital Trade? – July 26, 2016 – American Action Forum

New York Law Would Wipe Half a Billion Dollars of Value for Airbnb Hosts – July 21, 2016 – American Action Forum

A $281 Billion Recycled Technology & Innovation Plan – June 30, 2016 – American Action Forum

How Workers are Benefiting in the Online Gig Economy – June 1, 2016 – American Action Forum

The Modern Online Gig Economy, Consumer Benefit, and the Importance of Regulatory Humility – November 19, 2015 – American Action Forum

Lifting The Ban On Internet Taxes Can Cost Consumers $16.4 Billion – September 30, 2015 – American Action Forum

Funding Increases in Basic Research Illuminate Changing Nature of Innovation – September 24, 2015 – American Action Forum

In the Online Gig Economy, Policymakers Should Empower Workers – August 11, 2015 – American Action Forum

Independent Contractors and the Emerging Gig Economy – July 29, 2015 – American Action Forum

John Deere’s Copyright Issues – May 26, 2015 – American Action Forum

Uber and the Economics of Discrimination – May 20, 2015 – On-Demand

Recent Developments in Patent Policy – April 21, 2015 – American Action Forum

The President’s Plans for Technology and Innovation in FY 2016 – February 2, 2015 – American Action Forum

The Economics of Ello’s Manifesto – October 15, 2014 – Medium

The Cost of an Internet Access Tax – October 8, 2014 – American Action Forum

Intellectual Property Underpinnings of Pharmaceutical Innovation: A Primer – July 29, 2014 – American Action Forum

President Obama’s Take on Technology and Innovation in the FY 2015 Budget – March 4, 2014 – American Action Forum

CISPA fight reveals political split in Internet policy battles – April 23, 2013 – The Commentator (UK)

Techno-philosophy | Privacy & Data Regulation | Innovation & Competition Policy | Telecommunications & Broadband | AI, Algorithms, & Platform Regulation | Gig Economy & Miscellaneous


First published Sep 19, 2013