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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.
Harvard economist Shane Greenstein examines the effect of free information technology, such as the Internet or online apps, on GDP. He proposes that “maybe it is time to focus on the demand-side measures of free goods.”
Eric Goldman, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, introduces The Atlantic essay series he helped organize. Topics covered include voting, journalism, privacy and surveillance.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently completed a report that explains what the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) refers to, how IoT technologies are being applied, and how connected devices might be impacting information security, privacy, safety, as well as the economy.
George Washington University privacy professor Daniel Solove explains why “efforts to weaken the FTC and FCC probably won’t lead to more freedom for the industry.”
In these evolving times of machine learning and artificial intelligence, MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains that he is optimistic about the future because he sees how machines can serve as powerful tools and partners.
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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.
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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.

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