The unintended consequences of France’s ban on statistical analysis of Judges

If someone had said that I would be writing a blog post to consider a law that might imprison people for conducting statistical analysis on publicly available data, I would have thought that was unlikely because who would ever propose, let alone enact, such a law? The other day we got our answer: France! The …

A tax on targeted ads?

When Paul Romer expresses an opinion, it is always worthwhile to listen because it is always well-considered. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, he puts forward a proposal to restore what he terms is the "public commons" of the provision of information in support of democracy. He actually puts forward two linked …

Compulsory licensing is better than blocking acquisitions

There are many people wanting to unroll past tech acquisitions. Others certainly would advocate doing it differently if there was another chance. For instance, Ben Thompson called Facebook being allowed to purchase Instagram "the greatest regulatory failure of the last decade." I don't really see that but that is another matter. The problem, at the …