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.

Featured Article

Why the Right to Data Portability Likely Reduces Consumer Welfare: Antitrust and Privacy Critique

This article analyzes the potential weaknesses of the European Union’s potential new right to data portability.

By: Peter Swire, Yianni Lagos

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

Righting the Right to Be Forgotten

Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University, shares his thoughts on the issues search engines face implementing the European Court’s “right to be forgotten.”

Jonathan Zittrain

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Don’t Force Google to ‘Forget’

"How an individual’s reputation is protected online is too important and subtle a policy matter to be legislated by a high court, which is institutionally mismatched to the evolving intricacies of the online world." — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor, Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain
The New York Times
May 14, 2014