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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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Take a look at the top viewed blog posts from this past year that have been written by TAP scholars.
Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute, provides a narrated and selective bibliography on Section 230.
University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo discusses what steps social media companies and the government can legally take to stop the spread of misinformation, while also ensuring that everyone has the right to express their opinion.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.
Political scientist Elizabeth Dekeyser, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), uses a machine-learning tool to analyze Twitter responses to the 2015 Paris killings, showing that state policies can sway sympathy for terror attacks.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow reviews two compelling studies that examine what happens when digital media users are pushed outside their news feed ‘comfort zone’.
Professor Eric Goldman provides an overview of recent policy discussions about the future of Section 230.
TAP scholars danah boyd, Eric Goldman, Evan Selinger, and Joseph Turow share their expertise with a recent Pew Research Center report aimed at learning the potential future effects of people’s use of technology on democracy.
Section 230 and user-generated content are among the issues highlighted in law professor Eric Goldman’s recap of 2019’s Internet law issues.
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What a Full Repeal of Section 230 Would Look Like

“Even in the best-case scenario, it’s going to take a decade or more to get enough First Amendment jurisprudence to the point where other entrepreneurs might feel comfortable relying upon it” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Internet Law , Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
The National Journal
January 4, 2021

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The Song Remains the Same: What Cyberlaw Might Teach the Next Internet Economy

Regulation is not truly incompatible with innovation. Over time, businesses that once resisted regulation will welcome the involvement of government, and regulators will learn to adopt creative solutions to new problems, just as in the early days of the Internet.

By: Kevin Werbach