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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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Lofi Girl Disappeared from YouTube and Reignited Debate Over Bogus Copyright Claims

“We ended up with this system because in the 1990s, when the contours of the internet and copyright are still coming into view, this is the compromise that representatives of the copyright industries and the internet industries worked out.” — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, Cornell University

James Grimmelmann
Source: NPR
July 16, 2022

Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?

[On the subject of virtual office platforms]: “You’re taking part of the office experience, maybe 10 or 20 percent of it, maybe more for some people, and replicating it. I see it as something that will have a niche appeal.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: The New York Times
July 15, 2022

Abortion Bans Are Going to Make Stalkerware Even More Dangerous

“Policymakers tend to view privacy violations in silos, so they pursue reforms in a piecemeal manner. One day, proposals focus on nonconsensual pornography; the next, deepfake sex videos, still another, the confidentiality of people’s COVID statuses; and so on. To the extent that the law is updated, the reforms are often overly narrow. ” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Danielle Citron
Source: Slate – Future Tense
July 5, 2022

Social Media Giants Brace for Lawsuits Thanks to Texas Anti-Censorship Law

“A big flood of lawsuits is expected against the social media platforms if HB 20 remains in effect. The Texas plaintiff lawyers will be pretty fired up.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: Washington Examiner
May 20, 2022

New York Attorney General Launches Probe of Twitch and Discord After Buffalo Shooting

“How much knowledge is enough? Generally simply knowing people are doing something bad on a service is not enough knowledge.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: NPR Technology
May 18, 2022

Lesson from JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs: Take a Hard Line on Return-to-Office at Your Own Risk

“The biggest problem with [it] is what to do when, as is clearly going to happen, employees do not return to the office full time. There are only two choices, one is to ignore it. That makes the firm and its leadership look weak. The other is to sanction employees with fines and punishment. This is even worse, as you are punishing employees that are otherwise highly performing for a rule they broke which is pointless and arbitrary.” — Nicholas Bloom, Profssor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Time
May 16, 2022

Big ISPs Finally Gave Up on Blocking California’s Landmark Network Neutrality Law

“While California has been free to enforce its net neutrality law for over a year, today removes any doubt that the state has the right to protect its economy and democratic discourse from the whims of large phone and cable companies.” — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: Fast Company
May 6, 2022

What Your Android Phone’s New “Data Safety” Labels Mean

“Most of us want privacy, but we don’t want to spend every waking moment thinking about privacy.” — Lorrie Cranor, Director of the CyLab Security & Privacy Institute, Carnegie Mellon University,

Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The Washington Post
May 5, 2022

The Great Resignation: Its Origins and What It Means for Future Business

“We see quite large variations in how much people want to work from home, by age, by gender, whether they have kids, by race, by commute, time, by disability status.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: ABC News
May 3, 2022

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
Source: The New York Times
April 15, 2022
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Nicholas Bloom Shares WFH Research and the Business Impact of Hybrid Work

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom shares takeaways from his research over the past two and a half years on remote and hybrid work.

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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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Harming Competition and Consumers under the Guise of Protecting Privacy: An Analysis of Apple’s iOS 14 Policy Updates

Apple’s iOS 14 update claims to protect privacy by requiring consumers to opt in to allow data sharing by third-party apps. But this unfairly advantages Apple’s own products.

By: Daniel Sokol, Feng Zhu