Peter (and others who have asked from time to time) --
For the moment, these studies are intended primarily to be helpful to anyone who finds them of interest. My goal has been to choose topics that are in some way timely and to use my comparative advantage (such as it might be) at collecting and analyzing data so as to do work that others wouldn't ordinarily be inclined to perform.
For example, in the context of the Tina's Webcam work of last month, I believe I was the first person to document the many thousands of domains registered by DomainStrategy; others had found one or two such domains, but no one had sat down to investigate the lot. Understanding the scope of the activity could be important as ICANN, registries, registrars, registrants, and others evaluate and debate what, if anything, can, should, or needs to be done about this.
The Berkman Center currently funds a portion of my time for research projects, and I'm doing this work within (though in some instances beyond!) that budget of time. ICANN certainly isn't paying for this work, nor is anyone else at the moment -- though if anyone wants to, I'm all ears!
I realize that my motivation here is somewhat non-obvious -- and to that end I ordinarily include a "motivation" section in my reports, as in the motivation heading of today's publication. In light of this comment, I'll look back over that text and see if I can in some way improve it.