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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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An Economist Explains How to Value the Internet

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson discusses a new method for measuring the benefits of the digital economy during an interview at the World Economic Forum.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: World Economic Forum
May 23, 2019

Serial Cyberstalker Could Avoid Prison Again Under Plea Deal

This article reports the plea bargain for Christopher Cleary, a man arrested for a history of terrorizing women he met over the internet. The plea deal with fits a pattern of lenient punishments common for cyberstalking and online harassment cases. Cyber law expert Danielle Citron, University of Maryland, is quoted.


Danielle Citron
Source: US News
May 22, 2019

You’re Not Alone When You’re on Google

For most people, that effort — to change how they search, how they buy stuff, how they connect with others and absorb news — is just too great. "There’s a sense that the fight to protect your data is unwinnable. You’d have to learn about other tools, it’s costly in time, and it might not even help, because your data is already out there."  — Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology, Carnegie Mellon University


Alessandro Acquisti
Source: The New York Times
May 17, 2019

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
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