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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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

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Software Manufacturer Denied Section 230 Immunity–Hardin v. PDX

"Just like patients should always read the labels before taking a new drug, courts should always read the Section 230 precedent before denying the immunity." Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University, examines the Hardin v. PDX case.

Eric Goldman


Facebook Should Pay All of Us

"The most valuable innovation at the heart of Facebook was probably not the social network so much as the creation of a tool that convinced hundreds of millions of people to hand over so much personal data for so little in return." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
The New Yorker
August 14, 2015