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  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Competition Policy and Antitrust
  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Intellectual Property
  • Interoperability
  • Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing
  • Privacy and Security

TAP Highlights

Antitrust Works for Digital Platforms

Is antitrust reform needed to address competition issues with “big data” platforms like Apple and Facebook? In “Digital Platforms and Antitrust Law,” economist Keith Hylton explains that suspect platform conduct may benefit consumers, and shows how existing antitrust rules effectively address harmful conduct.

Source Code Disclosure Needed for Due Process

Governments rely on software to make decisions relating to civil and criminal justice. In “The Paradox of Source Code Secrecy,” law professor Sonia Katyal explains that trade secret protection for source code limits oversight of public law, and calls for reforms to allow code to be examined by experts.

Does Deactivating Facebook Leave People Happier?

“Deactivating Facebook for one month leads people to spend more time with friends and family. It also leaves them less informed about the news, less polarized in their political opinions, and a little happier and more satisfied with their lives.” – Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford University

How Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Affected Partisan Divisions?

“Overall, combined with existing evidence on the polarized response to the pandemic, our results show that a crisis may at once decrease affective polarization while simultaneously exacerbating its consequences (for example, partisan divisions in behavioral responses to the pandemic).” – Stanford economist, Matthew Gentzkow

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