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Last week, leading privacy scholars, Federal Trade Commission commissioners, and internet browser industry leaders met to discuss a “do not track” (DNT) system for the internet. The Browser Privacy Mechanisms Roundtable, hosted by Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, explored the contours of the regulations needed to effectuate do not track, the technical options to implement it, and the political and economic implications of do not track systems. Video, podcasts and transcript are available.
Economics professor Joshua Gans looks into Google’s accusations that Bing ‘copied’ its search results. In this a case of imitation or optimizing product design?
Google has announced that users of its Chrome browser will be able to download a plugin that allows you to opt out of ad tracking. Economics Professor Joshua Gans takes a look at the impact of using this plugin –both for the online browser and advertisers.
Economics Professor Joshua Gans examines the impact of the FTC’s proposal for a "do not track" mechanism that would provide consumers the option of preventing companies from tracking their online movements.
Video interviews with Professors Shane Greenstein, Eric Clemons, and Damien Geradin during the Economics and Law of Internet Search symposium at the Searle Center, Northwestern University.
This week, TAP features the work of Professor Glenn Ellison.
An IP Colloquium podcast on privacy, specifically collecting personal information from a user community.
In an interview with TNIT's Jacques Cremer, Professor Glenn Ellison discusses his recent works on a search cost model of obfuscation and position auctions.
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a series of public roundtable discussions to explore the privacy challenges posted by the vast array of 21st century technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data.
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Search Engines, Advertising, and Auctions

Search engines – such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a variety of other smaller search engines – help users find what they are looking for online by finding web pages that match user-entered keywords. Search engines are free to users, but typically earn revenue through paid advertising.


This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

“If I knew in 2007 what I know now, I would have voted to challenge the DoubleClick acquisition,” — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University
William E. Kovacic
The New York Times
September 21, 2020

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The Impact of Online Surveillance on Behavior

Online surveillance has a chilling effect on online behavior, affecting Google searches, Wikipedia use, and expression of controversial opinions. Researchers can study consumer behavior before and after the shock of revelations about surveillance in 2013.

By: Catherine Tucker, Alex Marthews