It seems the decision has been made without our input! Today the FCC passed “passed strict new rules that give the body its greatest power over the cable industry since the internet went mainstream.”
Here is the link to the John Oliver episode on net neutrality that was discussed in class. The clip highlights the monopolies held by Comcast and TWC and concerns surrounding the FCC and its leadership.
Last Week Tonight, Season 1, Episode 5:
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More disruption. Notwithstanding the Aereo case, propping up a failing business model will not change customer demands or customer behavior.
Here’s a fairly recent article from the World Bank. These are amazing statistics. The fact that we have come this far suggests that the continued improvement we need is possible.
And here is another article from the Brookings Institution that accompanies this graph: http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/02/poverty-in-numbers-changing-state-of.html
William Henderson, From Big Law to Lean Law. An paper discussed in the Legal Tech & Informatics course at NDLS addressing disruptive technologies in the legal market.
I pulled this article after listening to the HBR podcast which featured the author. I thought it was an interesting application of Eric Ries’ MVP methodology in the context of a system/culture/working group within an organization with the goal of driving innovation. They mostly mention corporate application of this process, but i could also see it’s application in governmental units, law/service firms, and educational institutions, to name a few.
This article discusses the supporters and critics of the Innovation Act, which is a bipartisan initiative meant to curb the strength of patent trolls. The Innovation Act would “require plaintiffs to disclose the owner of a patent before a lawsuit is filed and explain why they are suing, and would require courts to determine the validity of patent cases early in the process.” The bill has gained support from tech giants such as Facebook and Google but some Republicans fear that it will limit innovation. Opponents argue, instead, that more targeted action be taken rather than sweeping measures. Patent trolls are clearly a problem but the article highlights that the patent litigation rate is dropping.
Two years ago, Michael Heller visited Notre Dame Law and talked about his theory, the “tragedy of the anticommons.” This article discusses that theory and notes that privatization in the field of biomedical research may effect innovation. Heller explains that “[a] proliferation of intellectual property rights upstream may be stifling life-saving innovations further downstream in the course of research and product development.” In the biomedical context, this paradox not only has high economic costs, but high social costs as well.