Internet

Media and Content

The easy availability of information on the Internet may lead to the commoditization of content. However, if content is free or low cost, it may be difficult for those who produce it (like journalists) to earn a living. Economists and other scholars examine this tension and suggest various solutions.

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Did Fake News Help Trump Win?

Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow looks at the role of social media and fake news in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Matthew Gentzkow

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Should Washington Begin Regulating Facebook? Some Lawmakers Say Yes.

"You’d be able to know much more quickly who’s buying the ads on your feed and the information they’re using to profile you. There’s no regulation that forces that in the U.S. Europe sees privacy as much more about human dignity, while here there is this broad sense that companies themselves have all these rights." — Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Frank Pasquale
NBC News
November 23, 2017

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The Impact of Targeting Technology on Advertising Markets and Media Competition

This paper presents a formal analysis of advertising when the Internet allows targeting of advertisements.

By: Susan Athey, Joshua Gans