We used to think that information wanted to be free. This was the idea that informed the vision in the early days of the internet. It’s a figure of speech of course, information does not want anything... »
Is the EU Parliament going to break the internet? Yes, at least according to some who oppose the EU’s Copyright reform. Does this sound familiar? That’s because this song has been playing for a long t... »
Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance in European Parliament last month raised many questions: Did he respond properly? Were the questions too friendly? Will a few thousand extra content scree... »
Dear European policy-maker – when you make policy for the “Value Gap”, please don’t forget about the different kinds of intermediaries. I was on a panel once with a professor who argued that copyri... »
This is the preface to Netopia's upcoming report European Digital Consumers – Do We Have Rights in the Age of Free?. More details and launch event here. Devouring the Digital Single Market Consu... »
One of my favourite lines from contemporary Hollywood is from Steve Buscemi in Con Air (speaking of Lynyrd Skynyrd): – Define Irony: A bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a ... »
Does GDPR mean I have to contact all my old dates and ask if I can keep their phone numbers? Whatever becomes of GDPR, it has at least inspired scores of jokes. The bright side of the internet, peo... »
This afternoon, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is to appear in European Parliament to answer questions about the so-called data leaks connected to Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg should probably get used ... »
The drama around Facebook and Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing was the most exciting show in town last week. But what got us into this mess in the first place? Sure, Facebook started as a frat boy p... »
After many twists and turns, the much-debated Geo-Blocking Regulation now comes into force. Does this mean the end of the debate on territories in the Digital Single Market? Of course not. Two years f... »