“A Vast Machine” by Paul Edwards

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Paul Edwards from the University of Michigan visited Edinburgh this week to present a seminar on his sociology of technology account of the development of climate models, as recounted in his book “A Vast Machine: Computer…

Internet of Things Research Roadmap

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Last July I attended a 2-day workshop in Loughborough organised by the Internet of Things Special Interest Group and supported by the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social…

ITU: “a venerable UN body employing nice-but-politically-dim engineers and run by international bureaucrats of average incompetence”

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WCIT-12 and its ambiguous conclusion have generated plenty of debate around the future regulation of international telecommunications and the internet: two things converging or colliding, depending on one’s point of view. Most of the debate naturally…

Messenger: Over-the-top and Away

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Facebook have announced that the Messenger Andoid app will be rolled out across markets allowing non-Facebook account holders to send and receive messages. Having Facebook trying to kill it off must have put a downer on…

Crowdsourcing Patent Information

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The difficulty for patent holders to be confident that there is no prior art invalidating their patents inhibits holders of patents engaging in expensive litigation to defend their intellectual property and the difficulty of scouring the…

ISO Bibliography on the Economics of Standards

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ISO has just published a new website collating studies on the economic and social benefits of standards, combining a range of case studies of standards from around the World with some canonic references, for example The…

Prior Art: Samsung v Apple

Last week’s court decision in California highlighted many interesting issues about intellectual property in mobile telephony. The case raised a curtain on the indeterminacy of words, including “reasonable”, “non-discriminatory” and “essential”, without quite managing to pin…