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Feasting on Precarity - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Uberland How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work By Alex Rosenblat Published 10.23.2018 University of California Press 296 Pages"
book  review  work  labor  technology  arbitrage  regulation  rhetoric  law 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
VOX – Pol | Check the Web: Assessing the Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet for Extremist Material
"This report draws on insights from representatives of civil society, law enforcement and industry groups to offer fresh perspectives on the policing of extremist material online. Evidently, the Internet now serves not only as a breeding ground for extremism, but also offers myriad data streams which potentially hold great value to law enforcement. Using an international legal framework as a starting point, the report explores the technical, political and ethical complexities of policing the web for extremist material, and its implications for security, privacy and human rights."
report  internet  extremism  police  law  regulation 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash - ProPublica
"A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator—and its history of deference to banks."
the-fed  banking  regulation  regulatory-capture  failure  too-big-to-fail  economics 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Data use regulation: The libertarian push behind a new take on privacy.
"The newfound support of privacy regulation among big businesses masks a radically deregulatory agenda. A regime that only pays attention to use erects a Potemkin Village of privacy. From a distance, it looks sound. But living within it we will find no shelter from the sun or rain."
data  ethics  privacy  law  regulation  collecting  data-collection 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Statement on the President’s Proposal for Performance Based Funding | AAUP
from the president of the American Association of University Professors. In response to Obama proposal to base funding on performance.
education  academic  future  finance  funding  college  university  government  regulation 
september 2013 by tsuomela
Peer-to-Peer Hucksterism: An Open Letter to Tim Wu | Whimsley
"So, Tim. Back to the begin­ning. The Ran­dian, sim­plis­tic free-market thought­less­ness behind the wave of “peer-to-peer” com­pa­nies, and espe­cially those who are try­ing to uproot reg­u­la­tions that pro­tect con­sumers, is far from the wave of the future: it’s huck­ster­ism mas­querad­ing as progress, hubris as vision, cal­lous self­ish­ness as community-mindedness, and it’s a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen. I don’t think it’s some­thing you want to asso­ciate your­self with. Will you retract your sup­port for AirBnB and Uber?"
p2p  crowdsourcing  collaboration  travel  regulation 
march 2013 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Regulatory thrombosis
"What this all suggests is that the U.S. government and our political culture do a particularly bad job of creating organizational intelligence in response to crucial national challenges. By this I mean an effective group of bureaus with a clear mission, committed executive leadership, and consistent communication and collaboration among agencies and a demonstrated ability to formulate and carry out rational plans in addressing identified risks. (Perrow's general assessment of the French nuclear power system seems to be that it is more effective in maintaining safe operations and protecting nuclear materials against attack.) And the US government's ability to provide this kind of intelligent risk abatement seems particularly weak."
book  review  disaster  risk  government  regulation  regulatory-capture  business  congress  failure 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Jedediah Purdy for Democracy Journal: The Roberts Court v. America
How the Roberts Supreme Court is using the First Amendment to craft a radical, free-market jurisprudence.
law  supreme-court  regulation  government  federal  markets  capitalism  constitution  markets-uber-alles  free-markets  free-speech  first-amendment 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Americans Like Regulation | The Baseline Scenario
"So, it turns out, Americans feel about the regulation the same way they feel about government as a whole: they don’t like the idea in the abstract, but they like it in concrete form. This shouldn’t be too surprising. Of course people want stronger food safety regulations when they read stories about people dying from tainted food
government  regulation  polls 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization by Paul Ohm :: SSRN
"Computer scientists have recently undermined our faith in the privacy-protecting power of anonymization, the name for techniques for protecting the privacy of individuals in large databases by deleting information like names and social security numbers. These scientists have demonstrated they can often 'reidentify' or 'deanonymize' individuals hidden in anonymized data with astonishing ease. By understanding this research, we will realize we have made a mistake, labored beneath a fundamental misunderstanding, which has assured us much less privacy than we have assumed. This mistake pervades nearly every information privacy law, regulation, and debate, yet regulators and legal scholars have paid it scant attention. We must respond to the surprising failure of anonymization, and this Article provides the tools to do so. "
privacy  anonymity  computer-science  law  regulation  identification 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Many agree, none act: to ease untold misery, legalise drugs | Peter Wilby | Comment is free | The Guardian
"But it goes, I think, even deeper than that. Control of drugs is deeply embedded in the DNA of modern government. The criminalisation of drug use, in the west at least, is almost entirely a 20th-century development. Laudanum, a tincture of opium, was in common use in Victorian England and Coca-Cola, invented in 1886, contained cocaine until 1903. No US state banned cannabis until 1915 and it remained legal in England until the 1920s, as did heroin and cocaine. The rise of conscript armies and Fordist mass production prompted the change, briefly affecting alcohol – the US took the first steps towards prohibition during the first world war – along with other drugs. Nobody wanted a drowsy numbness to overcome men marching into battle or clocking onto the production line."
drugs  policy  legal  law  regulation  failure 
june 2011 by tsuomela
How to Stop the Snoopers - Technology Review
"Most of us depend on free Web services, from Google searches to Facebook updates. Unless you're careful, though, using them has a price: your privacy. Web advertising pays for almost all such services, and this business has become very efficient, delivering ads to grab your attention. That requires tracking who you are and what you do online. Your Web browser reveals a surprising amount about you, and advertisers are keen to find out even more. "
privacy  online  culture  social-media  design  government  regulation  law  ethics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Thinking about disaster
"[Charles Perrow's] current book is truly scary. In The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters he carefully surveys the conjunction of factors that make 21st-century America almost uniquely vulnerable to major disasters -- actual and possible. Hurricane Katrina is one place to start -- a concentration of habitation, dangerous infrastructure, vulnerable toxic storage, and wholly inadequate policies of water and land use led to a horrific loss of life and a permanent crippling of a great American city. The disaster was foreseeable and foreseen, and yet few effective steps were taken to protect the city and river system from catastrophic flooding. And even more alarming -- government and the private sector have taken almost none of the prudent steps after the disaster that would mitigate future flooding."
risk  catastrophe  disaster  regulation  government  centralization  concentration  failure  institutions  technology 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points - Andrew Blum - Technology - The Atlantic
"Terremark's building in Miami is the physical meeting point for more than 160 networks from around the world. They meet there because of the building's excellent security, its redundant power systems, and its thick concrete walls, designed to survive a category 5 hurricane. But above all, they meet there because the building is "carrier-neutral." It's a Switzerland of the Internet, an unallied territory where competing networks can connect to each other. Terremark doesn't have a dog in the fight. Or at least it didn't."
internet  infrastructure  geography  networks  network  monopoly  vulnerability  politics  regulation  design 
march 2011 by tsuomela
FTC Staff Issues Privacy Report Offers Framework for Consumers, Businesses, and Policymakers
"The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy policy and enforcement agency for 40 years, issued a preliminary staff report today that proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services. The proposed report also suggests implementation of a “Do Not Track” mechanism – likely a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers – so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities."
government  privacy  online  culture  social-media  design  regulation 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Yglesias » Nukes and Public Sector Failure
"Today’s nuclear troubles in Japan seem to me like yet another reminder of how fundamentally odd American conservatives’ love for this particular modality of electricity generation is. The underlying presumption of the idea of safely operating nuclear plants, after all, is that the United States Government is capable of effectively designing and enforcing appropriate regulations and appropriately designing and implementing appropriate emergency response capacity. And yet in most contexts, conservatives insist that any public sector undertaking is necessarily going to end up as poorly run as the worst DMV line in America. "
conservatism  nuclear  power  government  regulation  consistency 
march 2011 by tsuomela
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