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Adam Thierer
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Some brief thoughts on today's big European Court of Justice ruling on the EU-US safe harbor agreement and its implications for the Internet and digital competition.
The big news out of Europe today is that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has invalidated the 15-year old EU-US safe harbor agreement, which facilitated data transfers between the EU and US. Ame...
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Politico is rolling out a huge new special feature on the Internet of Things and they asked me to contribute an essay to the collection. Here it is...

http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/06/internet-of-things-regulation-000124
The Internet of Things is the hot new fixation in the world of technology, and it's already raising concerns about safety, security, and privacy - many of which are persuasively documented in the special package you're reading here. We all face a host of new vulnerabilities in a world in which we're always plugged into the Internet, and the objects around us are constantly sharing data about our personal and professional lives.
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I've just released two new reports dealing with the regulation of the sharing economy. The first is a 20-page filing to the FTC for its June 9th workshop on sharing economy issues. (I'll be testifying). The 2nd new report is a 47-page paper entitled, “How the Internet, the Sharing Economy, and Reputational Feedback Mechanisms Solve the ‘Lemons Problem.'” I've summarized both reports in this blog post:

http://techliberation.com/2015/05/26/new-filing-working-paper-on-the-regulation-of-the-sharing-economy/
Along with colleagues at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, I am releasing two major new reports today dealing with the regulation of the sharing economy. The first report is a 20-page...
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some quick initial thoughts on the Obama Administration’s “Privacy Bill of Rights” proposal, which was just released this afternoon...

http://techliberation.com/2015/02/27/initial-thoughts-on-obama-administrations-privacy-bill-of-rights-proposal/
The Obama Administration has just released a draft “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015.” Generally speaking, the bill aims to translate fair information practice principles (FIPPs) -- whic...
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+Adam Thierer I suspect there were no recommendations regarding third-party doctrine and expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
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Here's my testimony at today's Senate Commerce hearing on Internet of Things issues: 

http://techliberation.com/2015/02/11/my-testimony-for-senate-internet-of-things-hearing/
This morning at 9:45, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a full committee hearing entitled, “The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things.” According ...
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this is the "Tech Policy Threat Matrix" that hangs on my wall a work. It identifies possible regulatory threats to various technologies I cover. I elaborate on it more here: http://techliberation.com/2015/09/24/tech-policy-threat-matrix/
On the whiteboard that hangs in my office, I have a giant matrix of technology policy issues and the various policy “threat vectors” that might end up driving regulation of particular technologies ...
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Just released a short new report with my Mercatus Center colleague Andrea Castillo on "Projecting the Growth and Economic Impact of the Internet of Things." We examine the explosion of IoT technologies across many sectors and survey the various estimates of its expected future growth. Even if future IoT growth is only a fraction of these projections, the result will be staggering economic innovation opportunities. Every sector of the economy will be affected.

http://mercatus.org/publication/projecting-growth-and-economic-impact-internet-things
Share · Print · Email. The next big wave of data-driven technological innovation will connect physical devices embedded with tiny computing devices to the Internet in an effort to seamlessly improve the measurements, communications, flexibility, and customization of our daily needs and ...
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Panic is in the air... Technopanics, that is. These are just a few of the books on my desk I've been meaning to get to. The astonishing thing about most of these folks is that they have seemingly zero faith in humanity's ability to adapt to technological change, even though we have done so again and again. I wrote a long essay about that here: 

https://medium.com/tech-liberation/muddling-through-how-we-learn-to-cope-with-technological-change-6282d0d342a6
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Just now released: Final version of my massive (118-page!) law review article, "The Internet of Things and Wearable Technology: Addressing Privacy and Security Concerns without Derailing Innovation." It was published today by the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology (Vol. 21, Issue 2). I put a lot of work into this thing.
DownloadPDF. Cite as: Adam Thierer, The Internet of Things and Wearable Technology: Addressing Privacy and Security Concerns without Derailing Innovation, 21 Rich. J.L. & Tech. 6 (2015), http://jolt.richmond.edu/v21i2/article6.pdf. Adam D. Thierer* ...
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some thoughts on that new Markey report on connected car hacking, as well as that "60 Minutes" report on Sunday night on related issues. 
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researcher at the Mercatus Center [http://mercatus.org] where I monitor high-tech policy, cyberlaw & digital economics. Also blog at http://techliberation.com
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I am a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center [http://mercatus.org] where I monitor high-technology policy, cyberlaw developments, and digital economics. I have authored, co-authored, or edited 7 books on issues ranging from intellectual property, online child safety, Internet governance, federalism in high-technology markets, and the regulation of network industries. I blog at the Technology Liberation Front [http://techliberation.com] and write a weekly column for Forbes [http://blogs.forbes.com/adamthierer].
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  • Indiana University
  • University of Maryland
  • Boston University
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