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Friday Links 4/26/19 Mental Masturbation and Trolley Problems


There appears to be some academic buzz about the new paper by Samantha Godwin on the Ethics and Public Health of Driverless Vehicle Collision Programming. I believe this is the most overdone and impractical area of tech policy today. As MIT professor Rodney Brooks said in a blog post a couple of years ago: Here’s a question to ask yourself. How many times when you have been driving have you had...

Friday Links 4/5/19


Perhaps the smartest thinker on tech policy issues right now is a non-politician, non-regulator, and a non-lawyer. Here’s Ben Thompson’s missive this week on Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed in the Washington Post and how it relates to the EU’s new copyright directive. I truly could not have said it better myself. Here’s the original op-ed from Zuckerberg, for context. From a PR perspective, Zuckerberg is...

Tech Policy and the Principle of Least Effort


The Principle of Least Effort, originally articulated by Harvard linguist George Zipf, goes something like this: It’s the belief that for any human action, people will always aim for the expenditure of the least amount of effort to accomplish a task. The Corollary of the Principle of Least Effort is that we should be deeply skeptical of any proposed human endeavor that requires an...

Why a US Federal Privacy Law is Long Overdue


In late February, various committees in Congress held hearings about the possibility of drafting a federal law governing internet privacy. It’s about damned time. This country’s been long overdue in developing some sort of coherent policy framework related to privacy. Doubtless, Congress’s actions were inspired by some of the more recent scandals related to Facebook and other social...

Just Do Something, Volume I


Pointing out other people’s flaws is easy to do.   Pointing out the flaws of our leaders is probably a tradition as old as our species. Our governments, our institutions, and our laws—they’re imperfect. Wherever you live, this is invariably true. It is not so easy, however, to make government better. You have to coordinate a coalition of people who think like you do. That coalition has to be...

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