The Narrative (June 03, 2021): Bitcoin and ransomware; IGP’s data enclosure research; WhatsApp backs down on privacy update 

Ransomware fuels talk of Bitcoin ban, Russia and the US clash over YouTube, WhatsApp backtracks on enforcing its new privacy policy, and IGP presents at the PLSC for the first time. Bitcoin and Ransomware Successful, highly disruptive ransomware attacks are prompting calls to ban Bitcoin or find ways to crack...

The Narrative (May 19, 2021): Cybersecurity EO and encrypted data; Indian 5G trials and China fights back

This week we cover some of Biden's Cybersecurity Order and a few 5G related developments.  Biden’s Cybersecurity EO: Encrypted data at rest for me, why not thee? On the heels of the Colonial Pipeline, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SolarWinds incidents, the White House has issued a new Executive Order that...

The Narrative (May 1, 2021)

It was Artificial Intelligence week. True to form, Europe released plans to regulate AI while the United States fretted about winning an imaginary AI race with China. Europe’s Artificial Intelligence Act “With these landmark rules, the European Commission is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure A.I....

The Narrative (April 13, 2021)

China fines Ali Baba for competing vigorously; platform governance becomes a thing; reports of a digital currency war are greatly exaggerated; NSA’s “we need visibility” thesis is contested. From China, with love China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has fined Ali Baba 18.228 billion yuan (about 2.79 billion U.S. dollars)...

The Narrative (March 30, 2021)

Facing a hostile U.S. Congress, Facebook proposes “updated Internet regulations” that push more responsibility for content regulation decisions to the government. Europe is already trying to do just that, but civil liberties groups are campaigning against it. India considers a tech nationalist approach to cryptocurrency. A taste of “updated Internet...

Updated Internet Regulations?

Facebook has unleashed a new PR barrage expressing its support for “updated Internet regulations.” As we pointed out two years ago, when a dominant media incumbent embraces government regulation, supporters of open markets and free expression need to watch out. But the problem with these ads is not just that...