Archive for April 2011


The iPhone flap and the anatomy of a privacy panic

I’ve written a long article this morning for CNET (See “Privacy panic debate:  Whose data is it?”) on the discovery of the iPhone location tracking file and the utterly predictable panic response that followed.  Its life-cycle follows precisely the crisis model Adam Thierer has so frequently and eloquently traced, most recently at the Technology Liberation […]

The AT&T – T-Mobile Merger: Beyond the Arithmetic

Following AT&T’s announcement last month of its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, pundits and other oddsmakers have settled in for a long tour of duty. Speculation, much of it uninformed, is already clogging the media about the chances the $39 billion deal—larger even than last year’s merger of Comcast and NBC Universal—will be approved. Both […]

Net neutrality fight enters new stage: what’s next?

On Forbes this morning, I analyze the legislative and judicial challenges to last year’s FCC Open Internet rules, the so-called net neutrality order. Despite the urgency of Friday’s budget machinations, the House took time out to pass House Joint Resolution 37, which “disapproves” the FCC’s December rulemaking. If passed by the Senate and not vetoed […]

Larry to speak on “rogue” websites in DC April 7th

Larry will participate in a Congressional staff briefing on COICA and domain name seizures next week at the National Press Club.  The event, “What Should Lawmakers do About Rogue Websites?”, is sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and TechFreedom. The topic is especially timely.  The Department of Homeland Security continues its legally-dubious seizure of domain […]