Category Archives: hard data

A discussion on in-depth interviews. What are they good for?

I have been reading an interesting internet discussion on the analytical efficacy of in-depth interviews, based around this paper by Samuel Lucas. Two other sociologists — Andrew Perrin here, and Fabio Rojas here and here — provide responses. I feel no need … Continue reading

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Cautiously disagreeing with Yochai Benkler on NSA data collection

Experience tells me you disagree with legal scholar Yochai Benkler cautiously and with great risk knowing that you, not he, will probably end up being wrong. I once wrote an MA thesis on intellectual property rights and democratic theory, and … Continue reading

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Preparing an intellectual property report

source: “Getting a Grip on Accounting and Intellectual Property” Roya Ghafele, Associate Economic Officer, Intellectual Property and Economic Development Department, WIPO Guidelines for preparing an IP report Provide a narrative summary: – Analyze and explain the basic business model, plan … Continue reading

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NSA scandal is about property, not privacy (part two)

Some further comments on the NSA data-mining scandal: You are not being spied on when organizations look at your social-media data, because you don’t own your social-media data. They are not your or my property. The missing point in sociologists, … Continue reading

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NSA scandal is about property, not privacy

Quick comment on NSA data-mining: Despite the way Glenn Greenwald helped frame it, the NSA data-mining story is ultimately about property not privacy — namely, intellectual property. If consumers of social media are to enjoy autonomous and unambiguous privacy, as … Continue reading

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More intellectual property wealth will soon be accounted for

As I wrote about earlier in the week, starting July 31 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will change the way it “accounts for” intellectual property in its measurement of gross domestic product (GDP). The changes will place greater value … Continue reading

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Politics, data, capital

A headline at politico reads: Karl Rove-linked company gets GOP data deal Politics and economics interact in different ways. In recent years one particular interaction has developed in the area of intellectual property, specifically data collection and analysis. Just as … Continue reading

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