Harold Feld

The Market for Privacy Lemons. Why “The Market” Can’t Solve The Privacy Problem Without Regulation.

For the last 25 years, the official policy of the United States with regard to digital privacy has been to rely on "market mechanisms," primarily policed by the Federal Trade Commission's Section 5 authority to prosecute "unfair and deceptive" pra

Net Neutrality Oral Argument Highlights Problem For Pai: You Can’t Hide The Policy Implications Of Your Actions From Judges.

On Feb 1, we had approximately 4.5 hours of oral argument on the network neutrality case. I want to just highlight one theme: the refusal of the Federal Communications Commission to be honest about the expected policy consequences of its actions.

Fun Arguments To Watch At Net Neutrality Oral Argument

I thought I would point out some of the more fun arguments that may come up on Feb 1 in the oral argument in Mozilla v. FCC, the challenge to the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO).

Public Knowledge Demands FTC, FCC Get Off Privacy Sidelines and Enforce Existing Law

Jan 15, reports surfaced that Voipo, a California voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) provider, exposed millions of consumer call logs and text messages stored on an “improperly secured” ElasticSearch database for several months before security re

Why “Wi-Fi 6” Tells You Exactly What You’re Buying, But “5G” Doesn’t Tell You Anything.

Welcome to 2019, where you will find aggressively marketed to you a new upgrade in Wi-Fi called “Wi-Fi 6” and just about every mobile provider will try to sell you some “new, exciting, 5G service!” But funny thing.

Tumblr, Consolidation and The Gentrification of Internet.

Tumblr recently announced it will ban adult content.

Chairman Pai Continues Radical Deregulation Agenda. Next On The Menu — SMS Texting and Short Codes

On the anniversary of the repeal of network neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai now proposes another goodie for carriers – classifying both short codes and text messages as Title I “information service” rather than a Ti

We Need to Fix the News Media, Not Just Social Media—Part 3

This blog post addresses how the business side of journalism needs to evolve to maintain sustainable news production necessary for a healthy democracy.

We Need to Fix the News Media, Not Just Social Media—Part 2

Trained reporters play a critical role in identifying news events through following social media.

Hurricane Michael A Wake Up Call On Why Total Dereg of Telecom A Very Bad Idea.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Gov Rick Scott (R-FL) have expressed frustration with the slow pace of restoring communications in FL in the wake of Hurricane Michael.