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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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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.
Professor Mike Ananny, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, asks the New York Times to radically reconsider the role of the Public Editor given this age of social media we now live in.
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