Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing


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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Online privacy continues to be a key debate amongst policy makers. This post presents articles by privacy scholars Paul Ohm, Chris Hoofnagle, Daniel Solove, and Edward Felten; and looks at the basics of data privacy law.
A Q&A article with Joseph Turow on consumer online privacy following his testimony before a US Senate hearing.
Reprint of Professor Paul Ohm blog regarding the expectation of privacy in the content of email messages stored with an email provider.
Professor Paul Ohm, University of Colorado School of Law, responds to questions on the topic of personal privacy and online activities in a two-part New York Times article, “Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy.”
Video interviews with Professors Shane Greenstein, Eric Clemons, and Damien Geradin during the Economics and Law of Internet Search symposium at the Searle Center, Northwestern University.
The recent Facebook changes to gather affinity data from other web sites is becoming a hot privacy topic. TAP academics have written extensively on online privacy issues. Below are key articles that relate specifically to social media and privacy.
Young-adult Americans have an aspiration for increased privacy even while they participate in an online reality that is optimized to increase their revelation of personal data.
Privacy is one of the issues that TAP scholars have explored in great depth. This post provides a sample of articles available on privacy and consumer protection.
Lawrence Lessig's talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use for free expression on the Internet.
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Social Networking

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. 


Government Case Details Sneaky Facebook Behavior

This article reports on Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) efforts to regulate Facebook’s privacy weaknesses. William Kovacic, George Washington University law professor and former FTC Chairman, is quoted.
William E. Kovacic
AP News
July 24, 2019

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How Does the Use of Trademarks by Third-Party Sellers Affect Online Search?

This paper examines the effects of trademark use in advertisements by third-party resellers.

By: Lesley Chiou, Catherine Tucker