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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Why Facebook and Google Are Struggling to Purge Fake News

"If we wouldn’t trust the government to curate all of what we read, why would we ever think that Facebook or any one company should do it?" — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The Washington Post
November 15, 2016

California Supreme Court to Hear Yelp Free-Speech Case

"You could imagine the floodgates opening up with businesses trying to do exactly what Hassell [the lawyer wanting the reviews removed] did to get rid of unwanted reviews on any user-generated content site anywhere on the Web." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2016

Facebook Should Pay All of Us

"The most valuable innovation at the heart of Facebook was probably not the social network so much as the creation of a tool that convinced hundreds of millions of people to hand over so much personal data for so little in return." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New Yorker
August 14, 2015

Google Sued For Removing SocialZoid from PlayStore

"Google should not be sued every time it decides to ding an app. We want retailers to exercise discretion. That's why they're valuable to us." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: MediaPost
September 11, 2014

Teachers and Social Media: Trekking on Treacherous Terrain

"School districts basically have to tell their teachers not to do anything stupid online. That's the gist of it." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: Inside Bay Area
September 7, 2014

How TV News Plays to Our Darkest Fears

"When journalists are rewarded for viewership, there’s a perverse motivation to play into people’s attraction to freak shows and horror." — danah boyd, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

danah boyd
Source: Saturday Evening Post
September 3, 2014

The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken

This article examines the use and effectiveness of “flags” as a way the users of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, can mark content as objectionable. An article by Kate Crawford, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and her colleague Tarleton Gillespie is referenced.

Kate Crawford
Source: The Atlantic
August 21, 2014
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New Op-Ed: People Who Understand Section 230 Actually Love It

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.

Eric Goldman

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Free Speech in the Algorithmic Society: Big Data, Private Governance, and New School Speech Regulation

Traditional free speech doctrines protect speakers from state censorship. The rise of big data, algorithmic decision-making, and digital media companies alters the nature of free speech concerns.

By: Jack M. Balkin