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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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A Record FTC Fine Won't Fix Facebook, Privacy Experts Say

"A billion isn't what it used to be. The problem with Facebook writing a check is that it’s the cost of doing business and not a deterrent." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: Consumer Reports
April 25, 2019

Breaking the Internet: New Regulations Imperil Global Network

"I think we will see a tsunami of regulations that will lead to a further splintering of the internet." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: ABS-CBN News
April 10, 2019

Lawmakers Want to Ban ‘Dark Patterns,’ the Web Designs Tech Companies Use to Manipulate You

"Our choice architectures are just completely muddled and clouded by the little tricks companies play to get you to consent, even though you may not want to." — Paul Ohm, Professor of Law, Georgetown University


Paul Ohm
Source: The Washington Post
April 9, 2019

One Year After Zuckerberg’s Testimony About Violent Content on Facebook, Has Anything Changed?

This article discusses how difficult it is to put a stop to violent online content such as the live-streaming of New Zealand’s mosque shootings. University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron is quoted.


Danielle Citron
Source: MarketWatch
March 20, 2019

Facebook's Privacy Meltdown After Cambridge Analytica Is Far from Over

"The fact is that if you want to target political advertisements precisely to move voters who have expressed interest in particular issues or share certain interests, there is an ideal tool to use that does not rely on pseudoscience. It’s called Facebook." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The Guardian
March 18, 2019

Tech Companies Scramble to Remove New Zealand Shooting Video

Facebook and YouTube were designed to share pictures of babies, puppies and other wholesome things, "but they were expanded at such a scale and built with no safeguards such that they were easy to hijack by the worst elements of humanity." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: SF Gate
March 16, 2019

Facebook Risks These Criminal Charges In Multiple Investigations Over Its Privacy Practices

"Filing false info with the FTC and other regulators can be criminally prosecuted. Under other statutes, there is sometimes a specific standard articulated for personal liability. A great deal will have to do with Zuckerberg’s personal direction of decisions." — Chris Hoofnagle, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley


Chris Hoofnagle
Source: Forbes
March 15, 2019

What Mark Zuckerberg’s New Vision Could Really Mean for Privacy and Propaganda

"When you look at the ways that WhatsApp has been abused and hijacked in India and Brazil, it’s clear that it’s a powerful engine for spreading dangerous propaganda. It’s also clear that there’s not much Facebook can do about that, because all the messages are encrypted. Facebook can’t measure the problem or filter for the problem." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: Fast Company
March 11, 2019

BuzzFeed and the Digital Media Bubble

"But it does mean that we must confront the two dragons: Facebook and Google. If we fail to confront Facebook and Google and their terrifying ability to distort journalism, to corrupt journalism and to crush journalism, then we are in trouble." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: Aljazeera
February 11, 2019

Europe Is Beginning to Break Up Facebook's Business

"In many ways, they are internally breaking up Facebook by limiting how they do business, how the different services interact. It's not a breakup, but it is certainly ramping up the pressure. The Commission doesn't have the power itself to go after Facebook on privacy grounds, but it has plenty of powers under competition law." — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Anu Bradford
Source: CNN
February 8, 2019
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New Study by Erik Brynjolfsson Measures the Value of Digital Goods, Such as Facebook and YouTube

A new study by MIT economic professor Erik Brynjolfsson and his colleagues Avinash Collis and Felix Eggers puts a dollar value on all those free digital goods people use, and builds the case that online activity can and should become part of GDP someday.

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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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Internet Architecture and Innovation

This book analyzes the architecture of the internet, how it fosters innovation, and what that suggests for the future.

By: Barbara van Schewick