Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing


Different business models have evolved for providing information on the Internet, including search engines, which make money from advertising; subscription web sites; and free web sites which drive off-line sales. Scholars examine the evolution of this marketplace and its implications for content providers and businesses.

Featured Article

Ideological Segregation Online and Offline

Measures the degree of ideological segregation in the market for online news and compares this to other news sources.

By: Jesse M. Shapiro, Matthew Gentzkow

Fact Sheets

Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

TAP Blog

How Sure Are We that Ad-Blocking Software Will Ruin the Free Internet?

Economist Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, examines the value of ad-blocking software to consumers and advertisers alike.

Joshua Gans


Consumer Protections Vital as Internet of Things Expands

"In this case, we need a regulatory scalpel, not a regulatory axe." — Andrea Matwyshyn, Professor of Law, Northeastern University

Andrea Matwyshyn
The Christian Science Monitor
September 11, 2015