Internet

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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Understanding the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

The first part of the Consumer Review Fairness Act takes effect next week. Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman provides an overview of the new law, and focuses primarily on issues with anti-review clauses.

Eric Goldman

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The Age of Misinformation

"Facebook and Twitter for social media, and Google and Microsoft for search, must recognize a special responsibility for the parts of their services that host or inform public discourse. They should be upfront about how they promote some stories and de-emphasize others, instead of treating their ranking systems as trade secrets." — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain
The Atlantic
May 3, 2017

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The Impact of Targeting Technology on Advertising Markets and Media Competition

This paper presents a formal analysis of advertising when the Internet allows targeting of advertisements.

By: Susan Athey, Joshua Gans