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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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TAP Blog

Several TAP scholars will be sharing their insights during next week’s FTC Hearing on whether changes in the economy, new technologies, or international developments warrant adjustments to the competition and consumer protection laws and policies.
Discussing contextual integrity as a framework to design, evaluate, and craft regulation for privacy was the focus of last month’s symposium hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology and Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Initiative. Read the summary of the report.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu shares expertise from his time as a Senior Advisor with the Federal Trade Commission to explain how the agency approved Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. Professor Wu proposes unwinding that merger in order to insert competition to help ‘check’ Facebook’s power.
Stanford economics professor Susan Athey explains why she believes the field of economics and machine learning is “on the verge of exploding.”
For a look at the current state of consumer data privacy, read up on recent works by TAP privacy experts. This post provides an overview of some recently published articles and blogs dealing with consumer data.
danah boyd, founder of Data & Society Research Institute and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, shares her insights into children’s use of technology and the unhelpful narrative of “addiction.”
University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses his new book, Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.
Professors Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University, expose the dangers of facial recognition technology.
Rotman School of Management economics professor Joshua Gans introduces his policy brief for The Hamilton Project: “Enhancing Competition with Data and Identity Portability.”
Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses how internet-connected devices — the “internet of things” — are vulnerable to cyberattacks; and he offers solutions to minimize these threats.
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Search Engines, Advertising, and Auctions

Search engines – such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a variety of other smaller search engines – help users find what they are looking for online by finding web pages that match user-entered keywords. Search engines are free to users, but typically earn revenue through paid advertising.

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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

Featured Article

Ideological Segregation Online and Offline

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

By: Jesse Shapiro, Matthew Gentzkow