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How the Government Could Punish That Hedge Fund Bro Who Wanted to Raise a Drug’s Price 5,000 Percent

Slate Alan Sager, School of Public Health This week, the prize for most-hated man in America goes to Martin Shkreli, the rap-lyric-spouting former hedge funder who has found a potentially lucrative and socially useless niche in the business world by buying up the rights to old pharmaceuticals that treat rare diseases, then radically raising their […]

The Spy Who Billed Me

Slate Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Health In 1961, when a KGB counterintelligence officer showed up at a CIA station in Helsinki, Jeanne Vertefeuille held the keys to the office safe… Expert quote: “As a general rule, case officers do not spend enough on cultivating agent candidates or liaison […]

The Serious, Somber Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Slate Tom Fiedler, College of Communication On WGBH’s Beat the Press, the ritual end-of-week gripe session for Boston-centric media junkies, host Emily Rooney expressed outrage that, “in this day and age,” television cameras are not permitted in the Moakley federal courthouse to cover the trial of the no-longer-alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev… View full […]

The Lesson of the Power Loom

Slate By James Bessen, School of Law Much of today’s technology is powered by software that developers share freely. The leading Web server software (Apache), the leading smartphone operating system (Android), and most of the code of the leading Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) are open source… View full article by expert James Bessen

In Pursuit of Knowledge, and Profit

Slate James Bessen, School of Law A few weeks ago, administrators at Penn State University did something they believed had never been attempted in American academia: The school put about 70 engineering patents up for auction and tried to sell them to the highest bidder… Expert quote: “The universities aren’t acting as trolls themselves, but they’re […]