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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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Santa Clara law professor Eric Goldman highlights Section 230 rulings from the past year that have done the most to undermine the immunity from liability for providers and users of many types of interactive websites.
Should Facebook, Google and other online platforms be editorially responsible for the content in their newsfeeds? Join Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain for a Radio Berkman podcast to explore the phenomenon of fake news.
Overwhelmed with a barrage of messaging, advertising, and sponsored social media? Columbia law professor Tim Wu explains the “attention industry” in his new book, The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads.
University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron joins the NYT debate on whether a President should be able to block followers on social media.
Stanford economics professor Susan Athey will present her work on “The Internet and the News Industry” at the annual IDEI conference when she receives the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize.
Harvard economist Shane Greenstein shares his findings from research examining the prevalence of ideological segregation among Wikipedia editors.
Law professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University, shares information on the latest developments of the Consumer Review Fairness Act. This bill seeks to stop businesses from banning consumer reviews about them.
Matthew Gentzkow’s research on political polarization provides insights that run counter to conventional wisdom.
Stanford economics professor Matthew Gentzkow examines whether the rise of social media has magnified political polarization.
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman examines the Fakhrian v. Google Inc. case which pits a request for removal of defamatory content against Section 230 and the First Amendment.
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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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