Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

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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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Facebook Ends Ban on Political Advertising

“When you ban all campaign ads on the most accessible and affordable platform out there, you tilt the balance toward the candidates who can afford radio and television.” — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The New York Times
March 6, 2021

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

“Extreme economic concentration yields gross inequality and material suffering, feeding the appetite for nationalistic and extremist leadership.”  — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
March 5, 2021

Biden Adds Big Tech Critic Tim Wu to his Economic Staff

“I think breakups or undoing of mergers are actually called for more than we have appreciated in the last few decades.” — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Source: Reuters
March 5, 2021

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
Source: Asia Times
February 19, 2021

Facebook Blocks News in Australia, Diverging With Google on Proposed Law

“Google is already used to playing a different game in every different country; they may have gotten beyond this fantasy of a universalized approach to doing business in the world.” — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virgina
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The New York Times
February 17, 2021

User Pact, Section 230 Likely to Shield Robinhood, Reddit From Lawsuits

“The whole point of section 230 is to enable sites like Reddit to allow conversations to take place. Knowing that some conversations will be antisocial and in some cases illegal, section 230 says that’s not the responsibility of the service that creates the venue of those conversations.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University
Eric Goldman
Source: Insurance Journal
February 1, 2021

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

“In this changed regulatory setting, there is a market opportunity for Tim Berners-Lee's firm and others to offer individuals better ways to control their data.” — Peter Swire, Law and Ethics Professor , Georgia Tech


Peter Swire
Source: The New York Times
January 10, 2021

The Brussels Effect Comes for Big Tech

The stakes for the big tech giants are particularly high because EU regulations often have a global impact — a phenomenon known as the “Brussels effect.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Anu Bradford
Source: Taipei Times
December 21, 2020

'This Is Big': US Lawmakers Take Aim at Once-Untouchable Big Tech

"There’s not been a cluster of cases of this significance since the 1970s. This is a big deal." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Guardian
December 19, 2020

Bolstered by Pandemic, Tech Titans Face Growing Scrutiny

"We must regulate the platforms, but be careful not to make scapegoats of them." — Jacques Cremer, Professor of Economics and Research Faculty , Toulouse School of Economics


Jacques Crémer
Source: France 24
December 16, 2020
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Evan Selinger Discusses How Journalists and Academics Hold Tech Accountable

Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology philosophy professor, talks with journalist Clive Thompson about how the media covers responsible uses of technology.

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Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 

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Borders and Bits

Governments seek to regulate and access data stored outside of their traditional territorial limits. Private multinational companies that process data have become key players in shaping privacy and free speech rights.

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