Anne Hobson

Remediation won’t cut it – we need cyber resilience

Since its cybersecurity kerfuffle in June, Equifax has become a four-letter word. And that word is "hack." CEO Richard Smith went to Washington this past week to testify in …

R Street comments to the NTIA on botnets

On behalf of the R Street Institute, we respectfully submit these comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) request for comments on actions that …

What the ‘internet of things’ can learn from used cars

The following op-ed was co-authored by James Czerniawski, a research assistant with the R Street Institute. This past week's "Petya" ransomware attack on companies, airports and government departments across Europe—the …

Regulators should think twice before cracking down on ‘augmented reality’

A Milwaukee County regulation requiring special permits to use digital apps in county parks is facing a First Amendment challenge from the makers of augmented reality app Texas Rope ‘Em. In a …

WannaCry underscores a need for cyber hygiene and insurance

“Oops, your important files are encrypted” read the pop-up message on hundreds of thousands of Windows operating systems across the world. The ransomware cyberattack, infamously labeled “WannaCry,” paralyzed …

Regulatory barriers are stifling the contact lens industry

In the science fiction novel Rainbow’s End, contact lenses equipped with what we would now call "augmented reality" allow wearers to overlay different images, filters or virtual scenes on top …

The ‘Teddy Bear and Toaster Act’ is device regulation done wrong

Should government to protect us from snooping teddy bears and untrustworthy toasters? The California State Senate seems to think so. With traditional devices on the decline, laptop and desktop …

The ‘fixed AI’ fallacy

As Andy Kessler points out in The Wall Street Journal, a tax on robots would hinder entrepreneurial activity in automation and artificial intelligence (AI). The same algorithms that …

R Street comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.1

Introduction On behalf of the R Street Institute, we respectfully submit these comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity …

Robots are in our future. Will policymakers keep denying that?

You’d be forgiven for getting worried about how many smart folks seem to be warning lately that robots are taking all our jobs. Bill Gates calls for the …

Local laws threaten the global future of augmented reality

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniel Oglesby, research assistant with the R Street Institute. The intense, if fleeting, popularity of Pokemon Go helped demonstrate the market potential of …

Aligning cybersecurity incentives in the internet of things

The scale and scope of connected devices that make up the "internet of things" present a unique cybersecurity challenge, as one device’s vulnerability can be a problem for …

SXSW Roundup: What will AR/VR revolutionize next?

The experiential factor in augmented and virtual reality leads to a more vivid sense of presence and immersion, when compared to other media like television or radio. This …

SXSW Roundup: International cooperation in cybersecurity

At the recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, I took participated in a panel discussion hosted by the European Union and exploring opportunities for international cooperation …

R Street Institute comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding the “internet-of-things”

On behalf of the R Street Institute, we respectfully submit these comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) request for comments on the benefits, …

Westworld shouldn’t frame debate over artificial intelligence

In the HBO show Westworld, guests are immersed in a Western experiential theme park populated by human-like robots bordering on self-awareness. The show exploits and exacerbates natural anxieties about …

Feds have an abysmal track record when it comes to cybersecurity

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniel Oglesby, a research associate with the R Street Institute. Despite work by Congress to pass more than 50 laws to address cybersecurity, the …

Aligning cybersecurity incentives in an interconnected world

In the stop-motion animated short “Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers,” the protagonist Wallace’s alarm clock kicks off a Rube Goldberg-like chain of machines and devices that dress …

Regulating ‘internet of things’ requires a better definition from lawmakers

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration—the U.S. Department of Commerce agency that advises the White House on telecom policy—published a green paper outlining what it saw as the department’s role …

Cybersecurity in the internet of things is a game of incentives

Cybersecurity was the virtual elephant in the showroom at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Attendees of the annual tech trade show, organized by the Consumer …

Artificial intelligence is set to remake event experiences

2016 was a big year for droids, as two different installments of the Star Wars series finished among the year's 10 highest-grossing films. But elsewhere in the universe, …

Self-driving cars will make organ shortages even worse

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. Much has been said about the ways we expect our oncoming fleet of driverless cars to change …

Robot scalpers and the BOTS Act

The current system for allocating tickets to popular events leaves a lot to be desired. Most tickets for the most popular shows are pre-allocated to fan clubs, VIP …

Snapchat spectacles and the creep factor

We're all amateur documentarians now, which is why sunglasses equipped with Wi-Fi-enabled cameras are a natural next step in the world of wearables. Snap Inc.’s Spectacles allow users …

Cybercrime and the war on digital free speech

The internet is increasingly a target for those who want to silence speech. An Oct. 21 cyberattack rendered social media sites like Twitter and Reddit and news sites like …

Discussion: Government regulation and the internet of things

The R Street Institute hosted an expert panel last month to explore ways in which the “internet of things” is affecting cybersecurity, privacy and ownership rights. With cyberattacks …

Are robot scalpers ripping you off? Do we need government to stop it?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Christopher Koopman, a senior research fellow with the Project for the Study of American Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason …

Chasing away scalpers only hurts consumers

The following op-ed was co-authored by Christopher Koopman, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Earlier this year, the Kennedy Center announced that the award-winning musical "Hamilton" …

Cuba: Mi casa es su casa

There is a truism, fashionable in American foreign policy circles, that the liberalization of trade will, over time, soften the contours of authoritarian regimes, as the oppressed become …

R Street panel on transferring IANA functions

Don’t adopt ‘overregulate ’em all’ strategy on game apps

After 74 days on the market, Pokemon Go last week lost the top revenue spot in Apple's U.S. app store to Clash Royale, although it remains the highest-grossing …

Where is Pokemon Go-ing?

After 74 days on the market, Pokemon Go this week lost the top revenue spot in Apple’s U.S. app store to Clash Royale, although it remains the highest-grossing …

Reality Check: The regulatory landscape for virtual and augmented reality

The mobile game Pokémon Go burst onto the scene in July 2016 and, within weeks, had acquired an amazing 45 million daily users. Alas, its popularity began to fade just as …

Republicans want to attach Ted Cruz’s internet governance language to the government-funding bill. It could blow up in their faces.

The following post was co-authored by R Street technology policy program director Zach Graves. SOURCE: Giphy Sept. 30 marks the end of the federal government’s fiscal year, which means both Republicans …

How the internet, the sharing economy and reputational feedback mechanisms solve the ‘lemons problem’

The attached paper was co-authored by Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman and Chris Kuiper, and appeared in the University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 3, 2016. This paper argues that the sharing …

Anne Hobson on the ICANN transition and the future of internet governance

On Oct. 1, the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration’s  (NTIA) contract with the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expires and the transition to a …

Domain name not resolved: Breaking down the debate over the ICANN transition

The following blog post was co-authored by R Street Senior Technology Policy Program Director Zach Graves. Is Obama giving away the internet? According to some conservatives, like Sen. Ted Cruz, …

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