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Jan
23

Big data may increase power disparity

Professor Dan Schiller was invited to deliver several lectures at the Global Fellowship Progam at Peking University October/November, 2016. Below is his interview on “big data” with Wang Jianfeng from Chinese Social Sciences Today (CSST) after his lectures. This interview was originally published in…

Feb
26

What is CFIUS?

Comes now, the news that Tsinghua, a Chinese tech company, has abandoned its $3.8 billion plan to become the largest shareholder in the U.S. data storage group, Western Digital.[1] Two months into 2016, this marks already the second time this year that a…

Feb
11

Cause for celebration on the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Celebrations have been sighted in and around Washington, D.C.[1] Helpful clarification of the substance of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was provided by Patricia Aufderheide in 1999.[2]  Ostensibly passed to…

Feb
3

U.S. Dominance Over International Communications: A Status Report

Two stories jump out this week. One concerns the Internet’s coordinating mechanism, the other the pact that enables European data to be sent to the United States.  Seemingly discrete, at a deeper level they are organically connected. The underlying issue is whether challenges…

Jan
22

Free Markets In Action

Even when it isn’t election season in the United States, there’s a lot of noise made about “the free market” and “entrepreneurialism.”  Government, goes the refrain, simply needs to stand back to let the alchemy of capitalism proceed.  Already, the new year has…

Jan
4

Low-Wage Workers & the Internet Industry

What are the overall impacts of tech companies on occupational structures, employment patterns, and labor practices? This question is large, complicated, and vital.[1] To engage it, a meaningful starting-point pertains to low-wage workers. As well-compensated engineers and entrepreneurs have been raised up as…