Robert G. Picard

Internet content and consumer digital surplus

Robert G. Picard Saturday, 14 March 2015 11:30 PDF Print E-mail
It is increasingly being argued that the Internet provides “digital surplus” to consumers and that this surplus is a means of understanding the value of the Internet to users and society. Measuring the surplus presents a host of challenges, however.
First, the Internet does not produce content. Private enterprises, public entities, and...

Comcast and Time Warner just can't control themselves

Robert G. Picard Friday, 20 February 2015 23:00 PDF Print E-mail
Comcast and Time Warner are awaiting regulatory responses to their application to merge and become the dominant player in cable television provision in the U.S. If permitted, the combined firm will control about 2/3rd of the broadband cable market and about 40% of the entire broadband market in the U.S. (which is used for both cable and the...

The critical distinctions among news provision, information provision, and journalism

Robert G. Picard Tuesday, 27 January 2015 15:30 PDF Print E-mail
The explosive growth of digital news and information providers is forcing news organizations to recognize their diminishing significance to users of digital devices, but many remain bewildered about how to respond.
This challenge is difficult because many news personnel do not make distinctions among news provision, information provision,...

Why attacks on journalists are inevitable

Robert G. Picard Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:30 PDF Print E-mail
The attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed at least 12 people today is probably the largest deliberate killing of Western journalists since the bombing of the Los Angeles Times a century ago.  It draws attention to the fact that journalism is becoming an increasingly dangerous profession and reminds us that at...