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.

Fact Sheets

Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 

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


Lorrie Faith Cranor: Digital Privacy Is Out of Control

"We need some baselines as far as what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable. I don’t know exactly where the baseline should be, but … right now we don’t really have that as far as how far companies can go with your data. It’s pretty much as far as they want." — Lorrie Faith Cranor, Professor and Director, CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University

Lorrie Faith Cranor
May 1, 2015