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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Jonathan Zittrain and Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management Discuss the Challenges of Online Abuse

The Berkman Klein Center event, “The Line Between Hate and Debate,” examines the challenges with identifying offensive content and the role that technology can play in addressing online abuse.

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How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts

Along with Google and Twitter, Facebook has been blamed for helping Russian agents influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Additionally, critics claim Facebook’s central role in modern communication has undermined the news business, split Americans into partisan echo chambers and “hijacked” our minds with a product designed to keep us addicted to the social network. Columbia law professor Tim Wu is one of nine experts asked to propose the steps they would take to improve Facebook.

Tim Wu
The New York Times
October 31, 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