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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.

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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. 

Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

TAP Blog

Cybersecurity Expert Andrea Matwyshyn Offers Policy Suggestions for Improving Security

Andrea Matwyshyn, law and computer science professor at Northeastern University, presents concrete policy suggestions for charting a new course for cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors.

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The Cybersecurity 202: Kanye West Is Going to Make Password Security Great Again

"The phone is actually the closest to being a solved problem. They use biometrics pretty well. They’re not the most secure things, but they’re a lot more secure than using ‘000000.’" — Lorrie Faith Cranor, Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Lorrie Faith Cranor
The Washington Post
October 12, 2018

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