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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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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Is the California Legislature Addicted to Performative Election-Year Stunts That Threaten the Internet? (Comments on AB2408)

Santa Clara internet law scholar Eric Goldman writes about California AB2408, proposed legislation intended to address social media platforms that are addictive to children.

Eric Goldman

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Extended Collective Licensing to Enable Mass Digitization: A Critique of the U.S. Copyright Office Proposal

The Copyright Office has proposed that an extended collective license (ECL) be created to allow mass digitization of some copyrighted works. For several reasons, the Copyright Office plan is not workable.

By: Pamela Samuelson