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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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TAP scholar Eric Goldman shares his thoughts on the latest rulings on social media censorship.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.
Professor Ryan Calo, University of Washington Law School, shared his research into digital market manipulation during the FTC’s workshop exploring “dark patterns”.
In their recent paper, “Shining a Light on Dark Patterns,” law professor Lior Strahilevitz and Jamie Luguri, both of the University of Chicago Law School, share findings from two large-scale experiments in which consumers were exposed to dark patterns.
Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology philosophy professor, talks with journalist Clive Thompson about how the media covers responsible uses of technology.
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman shares key takeaways from his new paper addressing the wide range of content moderation options that lie between “leave up” and “remove.”
Professor Daniel Solove, George Washington University, explains why he believes Section 230 “…should be restored to its original meaning and purpose – a much more limited scope than it has now.” He discusses how recovering distributor liability would promote greater responsibility for platforms and ISPs.
Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain shares several years of thinking around digital governance during his talk at the 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values. His two-part lecture, titled “Gaining Power, Losing Control,” reflects on how technology has empowered humanity, and yet in many ways, we have less and less control.
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman shares an op-ed piece he recently wrote that discusses Section 230 and the legislative efforts to modify or repeal it.
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Opinion: The Law That Shaped the Internet Presents a Question for Elon Musk

[Twitter] can turn the content moderation up and please liberals or turn it down and please conservatives and libertarians, but “there’s no place on that slider that will make all the partisans happy.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
The New York Times
April 15, 2022

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Extended Collective Licensing to Enable Mass Digitization: A Critique of the U.S. Copyright Office Proposal

The Copyright Office has proposed that an extended collective license (ECL) be created to allow mass digitization of some copyrighted works. For several reasons, the Copyright Office plan is not workable.

By: Pamela Samuelson