Tracy Mitrano

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March 6, 2012
Here is where law, policy and technology get interesting: When can a government entity shut down service in the name of social order? Some might raise the bar of the question and ask: Should a government entity have the ability to shut down a communication service?  If so, what is the "test," i.e. under what circumstances? The inquiry gets even better: Who gets to the define and set the bar?
February 19, 2012
Drones.  Both of my boys are inveterate video game players, so I am long familiar with them.  When Nikko was 10, we gave him a hover craft.  Over all of these years, it is still my favorite gift to him.  As the Air Force began to deploy them in our Middle Eastern conflicts, I had a reaction that was ill-formed but instinctive.  I was relieved for U.S. lives saved and yet wary about something spookily inhuman.  The philosopher Peter W.
February 12, 2012
The content industry has come out barreling after the failure of their pet bills, SOPA and Protect IP.  Carey Sherman writes with real feeling in his NYT Op-Ed Column last week, and the movie industry, with its representative Alfred P. Perry, has reached out in a softer mode to legal scholars, many of whom have criticized either, or both, these industries and current U.S. Copyright law.
February 8, 2012
We do, because of the Internet and its intersection with business, law and people.  All one has to do is read the newspaper to know it is true.  Facebook seeks an public offering valued in the high billions.  Facebook's value is based on the information YOU provide it, which, technically, has no value.  The content industry is mad as hell about the failure of SOPA, et.al.  The content industry is sending out early valentines to academics asking in warm tones to talk about differences.
January 31, 2012
I like this acronym, and so far, I like this law. The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) is an appropriate response to the failed SOPA and Protect IP Acts.
January 25, 2012
Whether 'tis nobler to abide by a law out of sync with technology or to take arms against a sea of troubles, that is the question for the common user of the Internet who desires content at the lowest price point, instantaneously and within some framework of economic fairness and personal ethics.
January 21, 2012
Little did Jagger and Richards know that their 1965 hit would become a meaningful metaphor for a twenty-first century conundrum involving the law, technology, user norms and the market. 
January 18, 2012
The culture, law and politics of copyright are starting to get interesting. The Obama signal not to support SOPA over the weekend, the Web Blackout of sites in protest of that proposed legislation yesterday at the same that the Supreme Court decided to uphold Congressional action in support of copyright protection demonstrate in the political realm the kind of instability that culture has experienced over copyright for almost a generation.
January 11, 2012
Just when I thought I had one concept identified as the last of my three Internet issues for 2012, more popped in, so I will find a way to thread through an idea or three:
January 8, 2012
I promised I would provide two more big Internet issues. The second issue is the "ownership" of personal accounts on social networking platforms of individuals who are also employees.

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