Issues

Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

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. 

TAP Blog

Peter Swire Shares Lessons from Fair Lending Law that Are Relevant for Online Marketing and Big Data

At this week’s FTC Big Data workshop, law and ethics professor Peter Swire joined a panel to discuss the legal landscape relevant to online marketing and big data. The panel reviewed various antidiscrimination and consumer protection laws, and considered how they may apply to the use of big data.

TAP Staff Blogger

Quote

The Pope Is Wrong About the Internet and Teenagers

"Social media has become an outlet for many youth, an opportunity to reclaim some sense of agency and have some semblance of social power. It has provided a window into society and an outlet for hanging out that these teens didn’t even know they had lost." — danah boyd, Chief Instigator, Data & Society Research Institute

danah boyd
The Washington Post
August 6, 2014