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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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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Top Internet Law Developments of 2019

Section 230 and user-generated content are among the issues highlighted in law professor Eric Goldman’s recap of 2019’s Internet law issues.

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