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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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Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable information technology events and people from 2017.
Eric Goldman, Co-Director of the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute, and his colleague Jeff Kosseff, US Naval Academy, introduce a series of essays about the seminal Internet law case, Zeran v. AOL.
Data & Society founder danah boyd shares highlights from her keynote talk at the Strata Data Conference earlier this month. Dr. boyd discussed the intentional and unintentional manipulation of data.
The Berkman Klein Center event, “The Line Between Hate and Debate,” examines the challenges with identifying offensive content and the role that technology can play in addressing online abuse.
A new article by Stanford’s Susan Athey and MIT’s Catherine Tucker and Christian Catalini investigates distortions in consumer behavior when faced with notice and consent options regarding their privacy.
Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute Director Eric Goldman discusses the anti-SLAPP ruling in a case where the plaintiff wanted negative Facebook posts about his business removed.
Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, discusses a proposal to advocate for social graph portability rather than regulation or antitrust when dealing with market power issues that arise from platforms like Facebook.
In this New York Times op-ed piece, Colorado Law professor Margot Kaminski discusses the role social media networks like Facebook and Twitter play in freedom of speech, access to information, and protection of privacy.
Princeton computer science expert Edward Felten explains the European Commission’s claims against Google for anti-competitive tactics.
Data & Society founder danah boyd discusses machine learning algorithms and prejudice, digital white flight on social media, trust in the media, and more on The Ezra Klein Show.
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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

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