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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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This Is the White House's Plan to Take on Facebook

“The White House, like everyone else in Washington, recognizes that the tide is high and the time for action is now.” — Tim Wu, Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy, National Economic Council


Tim Wu
Source: Time
October 7, 2021

Leaks Just Exposed How Toxic Facebook and Instagram Are to Teen Girls and, Well, Everyone

“In short, the problem with Facebook is Facebook.” — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Modern Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The Guardian
September 18, 2021

Texas Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Social Media Giants from Blocking Users Based on Viewpoint

“Even if it’s struck down, it’s a symptom of a much bigger structural problem we have in the country that politicians think this is how they should be spending their time.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: The Washington Post
September 9, 2021

Talking about abortion online in Texas? What you say on Facebook or Twitter could hurt you

“This is such a terrifying assault on intimate privacy. It incentivizes spying and exposure of women and girls and their intimate relationships and reproductive life that is unfathomably troubling.” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Virginia


Danielle Citron
Source: USA Today
September 4, 2021

Talking about abortion online in Texas? What you say on Facebook or Twitter could hurt you

“The net result of the new Texas law will be to chill all speech, online and off.” — Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: USA Today
September 4, 2021

Why the 'Great Remote Work Experiment' May Have Been Flawed

“Without the unique pressure-cooker environment of the pandemic, there wouldn’t have been as many leaps in remote-work technological innovation.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University


Nicholas Bloom
Source: BBC
August 11, 2021

Democrats Want To Hold Social Media Companies Responsible For Health Misinformation

If health misinformation is constitutionally protected, then there's really not a lot Congress can do about that. Removing Section 230, which is a liability shield, doesn't expose a [social media] service to any new liability, because the Constitution will fill in the protection. — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: National Public Radio
July 22, 2021

Democrats Can’t Force Facebook to Stem Covid Misinformation

Vaccine misinformation is often constitutionally protected material. People get scientific facts wrong all the time. — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: Bloomberg
July 20, 2021

The Internet Is Rotting

It’s long overdue to affirm and enact the policies and technologies that will let us see where we’ve been, including and especially where we’ve erred, so we might have a coherent sense of where we are and where we want to go. — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University

 


Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The Atlantic
June 30, 2021

House Antitrust Bills Could Change the Internet as We Know It

"Still, don't underestimate the tech industry's capacity for fighting the laws — both in and outside the courtroom. One imagines they will spend a wealth of resources on lawyers, economic consulting firms, technical experts, public relations specialists and all of the arts that make Washington a thriving regulatory capital, to oppose this." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University

 


William E. Kovacic
Source: CNN Business
June 23, 2021
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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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A Global System of Work, A Global System of Regulation?: Crowdwork and Conflicts of Law

Digital platforms that post tasks for completion by online workers are popular world-wide. Courts must consider how local labor laws should be applied to remote workers and platforms based in other nations.

By: Miriam A. Cherry