Can a market where consumers sell their data actually work?

Two news stories from Wednesday — one about a startup trying to play data broker between user and website and another about a study into what people would charge for their personal data — offer more evidence that there’s an appetite for a market where consumers sell their data to advertisers and website. The idea isn’t new (we wrote about its traction back in 2012) and actually has merit because it puts money in consumers’ pockets and higher-quality data in advertisers’ databases. But monetizing the idea might be easier said than done: Enliken, one of the startups we covered in that 2012 piece, appears to have closed its doors.

The value of privacy

Two of the hottest companies in consumer tech right now, WhatsApp and Snapchat, have each made privacy central to their pitch to users.

These are the 4 most important tech issues for lawmakers to solve

When U.S. lawmakers and policy experts get tired of fighting ideological battles over the past, they might want to put a little effort into helping improve the country’s future. Here are four technology issues that could help improve the economy and outline Americans’ digital rights.

Instagram makes us all paparazzi, but we’re not all celebrities

Instagram might be changing the economics of the paparazzi business, but the photo-sharing service and its social media peers can also make celebrities — willing or not — out of ordinary people. Who should pay when digital activity has real-world consequences?

SOPA gets washed out in election

The entertainment industry lost a number of key allies on Capitol Hill as a result of the election and the returns have scrambled the leadership of key committees in both the House and Senate at a time when a number of major IP and telecom issues are being teed up.

The Facebook-addicted judge and the little blue bird

Twitter is fighting a major privacy case that will help determine who has rights in social media. Unfortunately, the case is before a judge who has been disciplined for misusing Facebook. His track record suggests that he is the very last person who should be deciding these issues.