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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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Google Sued For Removing SocialZoid from PlayStore

"Google should not be sued every time it decides to ding an app. We want retailers to exercise discretion. That's why they're valuable to us." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: MediaPost
September 11, 2014

Teachers and Social Media: Trekking on Treacherous Terrain

"School districts basically have to tell their teachers not to do anything stupid online. That's the gist of it." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: Inside Bay Area
September 7, 2014

How TV News Plays to Our Darkest Fears

"When journalists are rewarded for viewership, there’s a perverse motivation to play into people’s attraction to freak shows and horror." — danah boyd, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research


danah boyd
Source: Saturday Evening Post
September 3, 2014

The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken

This article examines the use and effectiveness of “flags” as a way the users of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, can mark content as objectionable. An article by Kate Crawford, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and her colleague Tarleton Gillespie is referenced.


Kate Crawford
Source: The Atlantic
August 21, 2014
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Danielle Citron Discusses How Deepfakes Undermine Truth and Threaten Democracy

Boston University law professor Danielle Citron shares how the use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes is becoming a real threat.

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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.

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