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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.
University of Chicago economics professor Omri Ben-Shahar questions if a streamlined or snazzy privacy policy presentation improves people’s understanding of how their personal data will be used by a website.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who was a senior advisor at the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 when the agency settled with Facebook for failing to protect user privacy, discusses Facebook’s privacy promises then and now.
UC Berkeley law professor Chris Hoofnagle explains how and why platforms, such as Facebook, pay developers with your personal data.
University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan offers his thoughts on Facebook and the challenges of reining in the social media platform’s impact on public discourse.
Eric Goldman, Co-Director of the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute, provides conference highlights to insightful conversations from leaders of user-generated content websites. Video links are included.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow looks at the role of social media and fake news in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Wharton School of Business' Kevin Werbach and Northeastern University's Andrea Matwyshyn discuss how the U.S. can take internet connectivity to the next level.
University of Chicago law and economics professor Omri Ben-Shahar discusses why he refers to “misuse of big data as the new pollution.”
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable information technology events and people from 2017.
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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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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

Featured Article

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.

By: Susan Athey, Joshua Gans