Books I have co-authored

Post Snowden ripples – users going anonymous on the Net


The Snowden leak is a game changer. User angst over privacy and anonymity is at an all time high. 61% of US net users want to do more to protect their privacy.


It takes time for consumers and market players to absorb the full impact of game-changing events such as the Snowden leak. When the news broke in June of last year, the first Pew poll showed […]

Facebook: Microsoft deja vu?

There are increasing parallels between Microsoft’s strategy in the 1990s and Facebook’s today. Microsoft didn’t rise to the top of the industry by being nice. Whenever they could, they expanded aggressively, seized opportunities, and eliminated any potential competitors. In particular, Microsoft pushed their solutions, applications and APIs on to the market. When the network effects started to play in their favor during the tornado phase, they ignored normal market rules […]

“Delete” – a new thought-provoking book about the Net and Information Policy

What will happen to society and the individual if everything is remembered forever and nothing is forgotten? This thought-provoking question is addressed by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (information policy professor, National University of Singapore) in the book “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” (Princeton Univ. Press 2009). His pessimistic answer is that:

“Perfect, comprehensive digital memory denies human beings the ability to grow, to change, and to evolve […]

A privacy backlash on its way: telcos will be in center of the storm

After 9/11 it was inevitable that the trade-off between civil liberties and security would shift in favor of security. The thinking of this period can neatly be summarized in a quote by Tony Blair who said something like “if there is a new terrorist attack, people will not ask why we infringed on civil liberties but why we didn’t do more to prevent this from happening”.

However, almost a decade after […]