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Different business models have evolved for providing information on the Internet, including search engines, which make money from advertising; subscription web sites; and free web sites which drive off-line sales. Scholars examine the evolution of this marketplace and its implications for content providers and businesses.

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Jonathan Zittrain joined The New York Times Room for Debate segment and championed to “Encourage More Hackathons.”
Deirdre Mulligan and Nick Doty discuss April's W3C Web Tracking and User Privacy workshop and other ongoing efforts to define, regulate, and implement a privacy system that addresses the concerns with online tracking and smartphone privacy.
As part of the ongoing online privacy deliberations, the issues surrounding online tracking and mobile privacy have been spurring a lot of debate. Additionally, the recent reports on smart phone data tracking have intensified concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data. In this post, TAP highlights recent scholar involvement in the discussions, and outlines key congressional hearings and recent news stories on the data tracking and mobile issues.
“Do not track” browser options could allow consumers to better control online collection of information. Leading privacy scholars and industry thought leaders are actively involved in the debates over the pros and cons of this proposed legislation. The blog provides some of the writings, hearings, and panels that examine the pros and cons of “do not track” legislation.
The upcoming Princeton workshop could define the meaning of do not track.
What is the place of law in a digital society? How does it compete with or complement code? In a keynote speech for the recent ABA Techshow 2011, Professor Larry Lessig addresses these questions with an updated version of his “code is law” talk (video available).
On March 16, 2011, Technology | Academics | Policy (TAP) held its inaugural #TAPtalk, a Twitter chat to discuss a specific technology policy issue. The first TAPtalk was devoted to privacy, a topic that continues to generate buzz on Capitol Hill and beyond as both industry and government seek solutions that will protect consumers as well as ensure continued marketplace innovation.
In yesterday’s Radio Berkman episode, Lawrence Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain examine the Internet Kill Switch. Is shutting down internet access ever a necessary act to protect a country’s citizens and infrastructure? Could this potential internet control be exploited in the U.S. as it has been in the Middle East and North Africa recently?
Lorrie Faith Cranor explores the privacy features of Microsoft's new browser version in light of privacy issues, in particular "Do Not Track" concerns.
Reminder that tomorrow, March 16th, TAP is hosting a Twitter chat on the topic of Internet privacy.
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Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 

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Pelosi Clashes With Facebook and Twitter Over Video Posted by Trump

"It’s important for social media sites that have massive reach to make and enforce policies concerning manipulated content, rather than abdicating all responsibility." — Jonathan L. Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain
The New York Times
February 8, 2020

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Ideological Segregation Online and Offline

Measures the degree of ideological segregation in the market for online news and compares this to other news sources.

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