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.

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Frank Pasquale Explains Why the Government Can’t Be Technologically Dependent on the Private Sector

In a NYT “Room for Debate” article, Maryland University law professor Frank Pasquale emphasizes that the government needs its own expertise, independent of the influence of technology companies.

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Fact Sheets

Search Engines, Advertising, and Auctions

Search engines – such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a variety of other smaller search engines – help users find what they are looking for online by finding web pages that match user-entered keywords. Search engines are free to users, but typically earn revenue through paid advertising.


California Supreme Court to Hear Yelp Free-Speech Case

"You could imagine the floodgates opening up with businesses trying to do exactly what Hassell [the lawyer wanting the reviews removed] did to get rid of unwanted reviews on any user-generated content site anywhere on the Web." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2016

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 Shapiro, Matthew Gentzkow