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Different business models have evolved for providing information on the Internet, including search engines, which make money from advertising; subscription web sites; and free web sites which drive off-line sales. Scholars examine the evolution of this marketplace and its implications for content providers and businesses.

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Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein shares findings from studying the aftermath of the Dyn DDOS attack in 2016.
Harvard law professor and cyberlaw expert Jonathan Zittrain discusses the challenges of governing artificial intelligence technology during a Berkman Klein Center luncheon talk.
Boston University law professor Danielle Citron shares how the use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes is becoming a real threat.
Chris Hoofnagle (University of California, Berkeley), Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern University), and Daniel Solove (George Washington University) have joined forces to bring their expertise and insights to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) privacy regulatory efforts.
Data & Society Founder and Microsoft Principal Researcher danah boyd appeared on PBS’ Amanpour & Co. to discuss media manipulation with Hari Sreenivasan.
Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, shares key takeaways from a report he co-authored with colleagues on the Committee for the Study of Digital Platforms (at the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago). The report addresses the challenges arising from digital platforms and their impact on the news media, and offers policy recommendations.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Wharton School of Business professor Kevin Werbach shares his insights on why Facebook is entering the cryptocurrency business.
Privacy law expert Danielle Citron explains how digital technology magnifies the harm from violations of sexual privacy in two new articles, “Sexual Privacy” and “Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security”.
A new study by MIT economic professor Erik Brynjolfsson and his colleagues Avinash Collis and Felix Eggers puts a dollar value on all those free digital goods people use, and builds the case that online activity can and should become part of GDP someday.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein outlines the internet infrastructure trends from the recent past, and shows how they’ve evolved to support the modern digital economy.
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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.

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Government Case Details Sneaky Facebook Behavior

This article reports on Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) efforts to regulate Facebook’s privacy weaknesses. William Kovacic, George Washington University law professor and former FTC Chairman, is quoted.
William E. Kovacic
AP News
July 24, 2019

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Internet Architecture and Innovation

This book analyzes the architecture of the internet, how it fosters innovation, and what that suggests for the future.

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