Category Archives: Internet

Today’s communication architecture

Mark Jamison writes, Netflix and other large edge providers are bypassing the internet. More specifically, they are building or leasing their own networks designed to their specific needs and leaving the public internet — the system of networks that only … Continue reading

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The Original Internet Architecture

Tyler Cowen writes, It remains the case that the most significant voluntary censorship issues occur every day in mainstream non-internet society, including what gets on TV, which books are promoted by major publishers, who can rent out the best physical … Continue reading

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Some questions about Google

Salil Mehta writes, On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no … Continue reading

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Internet hopes, disappointed

1. The death of distance. Supposedly, the Internet was going to reduce the importance of location. Instead, the economic importance of a few key cities seems to have increased. 2. Many of us foresaw the tebirth of highly decentralized markets, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Internet censorship

Tyler Cowen Alex Tabarrok writes, When Facebook and Twitter regulate what can be said on their platforms and Google and Apple regulate who can provide a platform, we have a big problem. It’s as if the NYTimes and the Washington … Continue reading

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Sports and Media

Ben Thompson writes, The truth, though, is that in the long run ESPN remains the most stable part of the cable bundle: it is the only TV “job” that, thanks to its investment in long-term rights deals, is not going … Continue reading

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Why (some) Governments Protect Intellectual Property

Sinclair Davidson and Jason Potts write, We propose a new model of intellectual property based on the stationary bandit model of government. We argue that new ideas—of the sort that become patents, copyrights and trademarks—emerge as economic rights, born global … Continue reading

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An Outbreak of Laziness, or ?

Andre Boik, Shane Greenstein, and Jeffrey Prince write (the link goes to an ungated but outdated version), We find that higher income households spend less total time online per week. Our results suggest that a household making $25-35K a year … Continue reading

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Prizes Have Not Worked Well

Timothy Taylor quotes from a paper by historian B. Zorina Khan. industrial prizes faltered in part because of their lack of market-orientation, and even the democratic nature of economic institutions in the United States could not overcome such drawbacks in … Continue reading

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Virginia Postrel on Martin Gurri

She writes, As information becomes abundant, he writes, “the regime accumulates pain points.” By this he means that problems like police brutality, economic mismanagement, foreign policy failures and botched responses to disasters “can no longer be concealed or explained away.” … Continue reading

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