Category Archives: General

Smart Meters, Electricity Usage, and Privacy

My current apartment building has smart meters that measure and report each unit’s electricity usage. While you can get real time high-resolution usage data if you’re willing to stand in front of the meter, the utility company also provides daily … Continue reading

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TPP Chord Diagrams using Circos

I made some chord diagrams based on the new TPP intellectual property chapter draft, leaked last Thursday. These diagrams show the extent to which TPP parties band together on bracketed text in the May 16 draft, discussed in more detail … Continue reading

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New leaks show US gaining ground in TPP IP chapter

Nearly a year ago, Wikileaks released a draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s intellectual property chapter. I did some visualizations and analysis in the wake of that leak, which you can find here. Today, Wikileaks released a second draft text … Continue reading

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Can you copyright a tweet?

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu Back in January, I had a brief exchange on Twitter prompted by this news story. The gist is that A. O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, posted a … Continue reading

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Visualizing TISA Negotiations

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu Yesterday, Wikileaks released a draft text of the financial services chapter from the Trade in Services Agreement. I’m not going to get into the substance of the treaty or chapter, but … Continue reading

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GIPC guest post on Fair Use fails Copyright Law 101

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu In another instance of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center (GIPC) posting factually incorrect information, on June 11, the GIPC cross-posted a blog post from Plagiarism Today purporting to … Continue reading

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GIPC’s misinformation on plain packaging

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu Protip for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: it’s generally not a good idea to support your policy positions by pointing to the hardships of one of the most reviled industries on … Continue reading

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