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The Aftermath of the Dyn DDOS Attack

September 13, 2019 - 11:02 -- Admin

Nobody knows who organized the attack. It might have come from an angry gamer, or from a rogue spy, or, perhaps, an angry rogue spy playing games. The program hijacked many cameras and home devices, and redirected them to engineer a series of distributed denial of server (DDOS) attacks on a few hours apart, all on October 21, 2016. By executing this novel and rather clever hijack of many devices for a DDOS attack, the attack exposed an important vulnerability in today’s internet.

Misapplied metaphors in AI policy

June 17, 2019 - 11:26 -- Admin

Many querulous conversations fan the flames in policy debates about artificial intelligence. Everyone agrees we are transitioning to something, but not on what that will be. Anyone want to venture a guess? It is safe to bet on widespread use of neural networks and deep learning. Anything else?

The unintended consequences of France’s ban on statistical analysis of Judges

June 7, 2019 - 00:13 -- Admin

If someone had said that I would be writing a blog post to consider a law that might imprison people for conducting statistical analysis on publicly available data, I would have thought that was unlikely because who would ever propose, let alone enact, such a law?

The other day we got our answer: France! The very country that produced Laplace, Pascal and Guerry!

A tax on targeted ads?

May 8, 2019 - 03:14 -- Admin

When Paul Romer expresses an opinion, it is always worthwhile to listen because it is always well-considered. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, he puts forward a proposal to restore what he terms is the “public commons” of the provision of information in support of democracy.

The Podcast Business Model

April 26, 2019 - 22:11 -- Admin

This week saw the launch of a new podcast startup, Luminary. With $100 million in the bank and podcasters like Trevor Noah and Adam Davidson signed up, they are hoping to become the Netflix of Podcasts. To access that content costs $7.99 but the content is ad-free. They had a post on Twitter proclaiming that “podcasts don’t need ads.”

Are broken promises an antitrust violation?

April 21, 2019 - 22:54 -- Admin

That is the question that Dina Srinivasan answers in the affirmative in her paper “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook.” This is an interesting set of issues because, frankly, my observation is that Facebook, while having a dominant position in social media (which is not an antitrust violation) had not violated antitrust law getting to that position and did not appear to b

Spotify v. Apple and a mess of claims

March 16, 2019 - 01:00 -- Admin

A couple of days ago, Spotify announced it was pushing the European Commission to investigate Apple’s app store practices. They claimed that Apple was discriminating against them (and presumably other streaming services) on account of their own competing Apple Music service. Spotify claimed they had to pay Apple 30 per cent of their revenue which was a ‘cost’ that Apple Music didn’t have to bear.