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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Professor Randal Picker, University of Chicago, examines the Federal Trade Commission’s recent report, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade.” In this post, he discusses the FTC’s analysis of in-app advertising.
Are online news aggregators destroying journalism or do they help newspapers’ websites get more traffic? To address this question, TNIT member Susan Athey and her colleague Markus Mobius have examined the effects of an opt-in ‘local news’ feature introduced by Google News in France.
Video is now available of Dunja Mijatovic’s talk at George Washington University Law’s inaugural speaker series on Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights.
Dunja Mijatovic, an expert in media law and regulation, spoke early this week at George Washington University Law’s inaugural speaker series on Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights. Ms. Mijatovic, a representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, stressed that an important global issue of the moment is having an open Internet.
Follow the #Techrights Twitter Discussion on Media Law and Regulation on Monday, October 3rd. This is the first in a speaker series on Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights hosted by George Washington University Law.
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Social Media Giants Brace for Lawsuits Thanks to Texas Anti-Censorship Law

“A big flood of lawsuits is expected against the social media platforms if HB 20 remains in effect. The Texas plaintiff lawyers will be pretty fired up.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Washington Examiner
May 20, 2022

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