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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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It’s No Accident that Facebook Is So Addictive

"Facebook is in the social engineering business. It constantly tries to manipulate our experience and, thus, our perspective on our friends, issues and the world. It does so haphazardly and incoherently, it seems at first. But, in fact, there is a coherent driving force. Facebook wants to maximize something close to “happiness.”" — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The Washington Post
August 6, 2018

Instagram Account That Sought Harassment Tales May Be Unmasked

"What the court’s going to do in a searching way, realizing free speech and anonymous speech is on the line, is ask: Is there a real lawsuit here?" — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland


Danielle Citron
Source: The New York Times
July 1, 2018

The Three Major Forms of Surveillance on Facebook

"Commercial and political entities are able to exploit the targeting and predictive power of Facebook through its advertising system. Through what we reveal on our profiles, other Facebook users can watch and track us as we build or break relationships with others, move around, recommend and comment on various posts, and express our opinions and preferences. And governments use Facebook to spy on citizens or anyone they consider suspicious, either by establishing Facebook accounts that appear to be those of friends or allies or by breaking through Facebook security to gather data directly." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: Slate
June 12, 2018

From Westworld to Best World for the Internet of Things

"Companies making a critical mass of internet-enabled products should be required to post a “networked safety bond” to be cashed in if they abandon maintenance for a product, or fold entirely. Insurers can price bonds according to companies’ security practices." — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University


Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The New York Times
June 3, 2018

Will the FTC Come Down Hard on Facebook? It's Only Happened Twice in 20 Years

"One has to make an argument that consumers were deceived about friend information sharing, and that’s a difficult point to prove." — Chris Hoofnagle, Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley


Chris Hoofnagle
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2018

Will the FTC Come Down Hard on Facebook? It's Only Happened Twice in 20 Years

"In many ways, money will be the least of Facebook’s concerns. With a market capitalization of $485 billion, even hundreds of millions of dollars is just a rounding error for Facebook. Far more damaging could be a new settlement the FTC might bring against the company, one that imposes even stronger conditions on how it can treat users' data – and make money from it – in the future." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2018

Here’s Why Sandy Hook Parents and Others Are Suing Alex Jones

"It’s clearly a moment where people are saying enough is enough." — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland


Danielle Citron
Source: The Washington Post
April 17, 2018

Will the FTC Come Down Hard on Facebook? It's Only Happened Twice in 20 Years

"I think this is just a beginning of a long and animated debate about privacy." — Stephen Calkins, Professor of Law, Wayne State University


Stephen Calkins
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Can Still Fix This Mess

"Given the blowback around current privacy and advertising practices — and the threat of regulation, especially from the European Union — companies like Facebook should do the right thing and commit to representing users’ interests." — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University


Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The New York Times
April 7, 2018

Facebook Previously Failed to Keep Privacy Promises, Ex-FTC Adviser Says

"Facebook is always in the position of serving two masters. If its actual purpose was just trying to connect friends and family, and it didn't have a secondary motive of trying to also prove to another set of people that it could gather as much data as possible and make it possible to manipulate or influence or persuade people, then it wouldn't be a problem." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: NPR’s Morning Edition
March 27, 2018
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