Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

Internet

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.

Back to main Internet page

Fact Sheets

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. 

Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

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.

TAP Blog

Did Fake News Help Trump Win?

Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow looks at the role of social media and fake news in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Matthew Gentzkow

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People Can Put Your Face on Porn—and the Law Can't Help You

"If we can think about it creatively, the app creator could be liable. The app is using someone’s data and morphing it onto someone else’s." — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Danielle Citron
Wired
January 26, 2018

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