March 2016 : Zeroing in on a problem?
Throughout 2015 the Internet was abuzz with news, articles, blog-posts, and opinions on the relative merits of policies on zero-rating. Defenders of zero-rating claimed lower prices, and lower cost of access to information, with the potential to reduce the digital … Continue reading
February 2016 : The Combinatorial Multi-Round Ascending Auction (CMRA): proposal for a new auction format
Combinatorial auctions have gained popularity in recent years for the award of radio spectrum licences. This is because combinatorial auction formats are particularly suitable for allocating spectrum in small blocks and across multiple bands, allowing bidders to assemble their desired … Continue reading
December 2015 : Insurance and big data: what’s the big deal?
On 24 November 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Call for Inputs on the use of ‘Big Data’ in the retail general insurance sector. Big Data refers to the use of new datasets covering, for example, social media activity, purchasing behaviour, or driving … Continue reading
November 2015 : Only a few bad apples?
Apple recently announced that it had started to remove hundreds of apps from its App Store because they were sending personal data without the users’ knowledge or permission. Research by SourceDNA, building on a previous study conducted by researchers at Purdue University, found … Continue reading
November 2015 : A taxing question
Taxi booking services such as Uber, Gett, GrabTaxi and Ola have been growing in popularity all over the world. These apps attract commuters – predominantly in major cities – by providing a third-party taxi booking service that connects them with … Continue reading