economics

In a simpler age, Matt Stoller famously lost his job for critiquing Google. He has a really interesting article summarizing and analyzing the massive anti-trust report at Congress Gets Ready to Smash Big Tech Monopolies. If you’re like me, unsure if or how this might matter, take the time to read what he said. (Via…

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There’s an interesting article by Phil Bull, “Why you can ignore reviews of scientific code by commercial software developers“. It’s an interesting, generally convincing argument, with a couple of exceptions. (Also worth remembering: What We Can Learn From the Epic Failure of Google Flu Trends.) The first interesting point is the difference between production code…

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There was a really interesting paper at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security. The paper is “Valuing CyberSecurity Research Datasets.” The paper focuses on the value of the IMPACT data sharing platform at DHS, and how the availability of data shapes the research that’s done. On its way to that valuation, a very…

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“90% of attacks start with phishing!*” “Cyber attacks will cost the world 6 trillion by 2020!” We’ve all seen these sorts of numbers from vendors, and in a sense they’re April Fools day numbers: you’d have to be a fool to believe them. But vendors quote insane because there’s no downside and much upside. We…

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