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Media and Content

The easy availability of information on the Internet may lead to the commoditization of content. However, if content is free or low cost, it may be difficult for those who produce it (like journalists) to earn a living. Economists and other scholars examine this tension and suggest various solutions.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses his new book, Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.

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Facebook Previously Failed to Keep Privacy Promises, Ex-FTC Adviser Says

"Facebook is always in the position of serving two masters. If its actual purpose was just trying to connect friends and family, and it didn't have a secondary motive of trying to also prove to another set of people that it could gather as much data as possible and make it possible to manipulate or influence or persuade people, then it wouldn't be a problem." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

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March 27, 2018

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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