The biggest illusion around the internet is that lack of regulation brings freedom. It does not. It only cedes the power of regulation to the tech companies, rather than keeping it in the hands of dem... »
So Big Tech has too much power. What can we do? Is there no-one with more power than the tech businesses? Here are some candidates: consumers, employees, investors, advertisers and governments. Consum... »
File-sharing is not what it used to be. At least not if you think it used to be this altruistic movement with no profit motives. Today, running torrent trackers is a business, not some ideologic crusa... »
If you follow the digital policy debate in Europe, you may be curious on how Big Tech will respond to the concept of the Digital Services Act, floated by the incoming von der Leyen-Commission. The Com... »
After fake news and the erosion of classic media, time was ripe for policy action. Lawmakers looked at the causes and found that the ad money had gone to Google and that truth had suffered from the al... »
Hats off to the Pirate Party, from one seat in European Parliament to five (one German, four Czech) in these elections. That’s a 400% increase, folks. Not that the Pirate ideology will help much wi... »
The weird thing about the scoop from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Google pays protesters to help stop the copyright reform? It’s not that it’s a new level of astroturfing (Google has done simil... »
In its attempt to make a digital single market for copyright content, the European institutions sacrificed the last word. Digital single, yes, but far from market economy. A market is of course al... »
Listening to the debate around copyright in the EU, one can get the impression that all content is the same. Some things must be simplified of course, but scratch the surface and the differences are ... »
Story-Telling and Dot-Com-Bubble Memories The much-debated EU copyright reform aims, among other things, to address the “value gap” – the fact that the same service and the same content and the sa... »