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Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

This section contains research on the networks that make the Internet work, the evolution of different business models that operate on the Internet, and ways to store and access information on the Internet through Cloud Computing.

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Matthew Gentzkow’s Study on Facebook: What’s Not to Like?

Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.

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Search Engines, Advertising, and Auctions

Search engines – such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a variety of other smaller search engines – help users find what they are looking for online by finding web pages that match user-entered keywords. Search engines are free to users, but typically earn revenue through paid advertising.

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This Is the White House's Plan to Take on Facebook

“The White House, like everyone else in Washington, recognizes that the tide is high and the time for action is now.” — Tim Wu, Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy, National Economic Council

Tim Wu
Time
October 7, 2021

Featured Article

“It’s a scavenger hunt”: Usability of Websites’ Opt-Out and Data Deletion Choices

Privacy laws require websites to offer consumers options such as the choice to opt out of advertising or to delete account data. On many sites, these options are poorly labelled and hard to find.

By: Alessandro Acquisti, Florian Schaub, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Hana Habib, Jiamin Wang, Norman Sadeh, Sarah Pearman, Yixin Zou