Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Kristen Hopewell by Kristen Hopewell May 3 at 8:30 AM Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin walks through a hotel lobby as he heads to the U.S. embassy in Beijing. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images) Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and an all-star U.S. trade delegation are in China this week to talk about the proposed $150 billion of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods — and Beijing’s counter-tariffs on U.S. autos, airplanes and soybeans. The U.S.-China trade … [Read more...] about What is ‘Made in China 2025’ — and why is it a threat to Trump’s trade goals?
Big data why is it important
The Competition Bureau has made it a priority to put out a white paper this year about issues related to Big Data from a competition perspective. Some lawyers wonder, however, if the Competition Act is well equipped to deal with those issues as they become more prominent, given the increasing role that data plays with business and the dearth of case law interpreting the act.“As data becomes more valuable and more useful . . . it’s becoming an important competitive asset, at least in some businesses,” says James Musgrove, co-chairman of the competition and anti-trust practice at McMillan LLP in Toronto. “If you have a merger with firms, and they both have key data sets in a particular area, that may make the merger anti-competitive. The way I try and think about these things is looking at it like any other asset and looking at the anti-trust implications of it.”Musgrove says he is less concerned if data goes from one company to another, but he is more … [Read more...] about Can Competition Act address Big Data cases?
Washington, D.C., attorney Stewart A. Baker and Charles J. Dunlap Jr., a former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force, debate whether the U.S. should learn the practicalities of winning a cyberwar—and then ask lawyers for their input—or, instead, set the legal ground rules before conducting cyberwarfare in Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law. The book is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, which invited both writers to address the legal approach to cyberwar.STEWART BAKER’S POSITIONStewart A. BakerLawyers don’t win wars.But can they lose a war? We’re likely to find out, and soon. Lawyers across the government have raised so many showstopping legal questions about cyberwar that they’ve left our military unable to fight, or even plan for, a war in cyberspace.No one seriously denies that cyberwar is coming. Russia may have pioneered cyberattacks in its … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Lawyers in Cyberwarfare?
A European Parliament policy department has released a report, entitled Big Data and Smart Devices and Their Impact on Privacy, that criticizes the lack of focus on privacy and data protection in the European Commission’s “Digital Single Market” policy agenda, noting a “conflicting” intersection between the Commission’s Digital Single Market objectives and the EU’s efforts, now in their hopefully final stages, to reform the EU’s general legislation around the protection of personal information. Doubts over timetable for reform Somewhat surprisingly, the report casts significant doubt as to the likelihood that the proposed new general EU legislation on data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will be ready by the end of 2015: “In light of the above-mentioned challenges related to Big Data from a privacy and personal data protection perspective, the confidence [that the GDPR] will be adopted by the end of … [Read more...] about EU Parliament Policy Report Takes Dim View of EU Commission’s “Pro-Market” Policies on Big Data and Smart Devices
Big data derives from “the growing technological ability to capture, aggregate, and process an ever-greater volume, velocity, and variety of data.”[i] Apple’s just-released iOS 8 software development kit (“iOS 8 SDK”) highlights this growth.[ii] The iOS 8 SDK touts over 4,000 application programming interface calls including “greater extensibility” and “new frameworks.”iii For example, HomeKit and HealthKit, two of these new frameworks, serve as hubs for data generated by other applications and provide user interfaces to manage that data and related functionality.[iv] HealthKit’s APIs “provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other … to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness.”[v] HomeKit integrates home automation functions in a central location within the iOS device, allowing users to lock/unlock doors, turn on/off cameras, … [Read more...] about The White House Big Data Report & Apple’s iOS 8: Shining the Light on an Alternative Approach to Privacy and Biomedical Research