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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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Professor Omer Tene, IAPP Senior Fellow, examines the hiQ Labs vs. LinkedIn Corporation decision to highlight the deep divide around the notion of privacy and data protection between Europe and the U.S. This decision also shows the sharp lines between privacy and competition policy, particularly in the context of major tech platforms and the data ecosystems they nurture.
TAP scholar Eric Goldman shares his thoughts on the latest rulings on social media censorship.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.
Professor Danielle Citron is the inaugural director of the LawTech Center, a new scholarly center at the University of Virginia Law School.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove shares his conversation with Oscar Gandy about his reflections on the past 30 years of data gathering. This interview coincides with the publication of the 2nd edition of Professor Gandy’s book, The Panoptic Sort.
University of Chicago Law School professor Randy Picker discusses the key insights from four platform antitrust bills that were recently introduced to the House for consideration.
Stanford Economic Professor Nicholas Bloom shares findings from his research data about the future of working from home as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift.
In Professor Jonathan Zittrain’s article, “The Internet is Rotting,” he explains how link rot and content drift are eroding the knowledge entrusted to the World Wide Web. And he shares some of the tools being developed to combat this content decay.
Will you please participate in a user research study for the TAP website? Your insights will be invaluable as we undergo a sitewide redesign.
Professor Ryan Calo, University of Washington Law School, shared his research into digital market manipulation during the FTC’s workshop exploring “dark patterns”.
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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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Opinion: The Law That Shaped the Internet Presents a Question for Elon Musk

[Twitter] can turn the content moderation up and please liberals or turn it down and please conservatives and libertarians, but “there’s no place on that slider that will make all the partisans happy.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
The New York Times
April 15, 2022

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The Impact of Targeting Technology on Advertising Markets and Media Competition

This paper presents a formal analysis of advertising when the Internet allows targeting of advertisements.

By: Susan Athey, Joshua Gans