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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Upcoming Events

Digital Witnesses: The Power of Looking

Hosted by the Berkman Klein Center

March 3, 2021,  

The Crisis of the Press and Democracy: Saving the Press Function

Hosted by the Information Society Project

March 19, 2021,  

Platform Policy for Networks, Infrastructure, and Applications

Hosted by Silicon Flatirons

April 14, 2021,  

Internet Governance at the Network, Application, and Content Layers

Hosted by Silicon Flatirons

April 14, 2021,  

BTLJ-BCLT Symposium: Lex Informatica – The Formulation of Information Policy Rules through Technology

Hosted by the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology

April 15, 2021,  

CITP Seminar: Philip N. Howard – Lie Machines

Hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy

April 20, 2021,  

TAP Blog

Restoring the CDA Section 230 to What It Actually Says

Professor Daniel Solove, George Washington University, explains why he believes Section 230 “…should be restored to its original meaning and purpose – a much more limited scope than it has now.” He discusses how recovering distributor liability would promote greater responsibility for platforms and ISPs.

Daniel J. Solove

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Australia’s Draft Law Gives Facebook a Free Pass

Where will this end up? It will end up with the large digital platforms doing deals with the largest news outlets. Those deals will be multi-year lump-sum payments that enable everyone to go about their business. — Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto
Joshua Gans
Asia Times
February 19, 2021

Featured Article

The Crowd is a Collaborative Network

On crowdwork platforms, task creators post tasks for workers to complete for pay, “crowdsourcing.” Workers collaborate offline or online to solve problems, limit risk, and to encourage one another.

By: Mary L. Gray, Deepti Kulkarni, Siddharth Suri, Syed Shoaib Ali