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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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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

Elon Musk has a plan for Twitter. It may scare away users and advertisers.

“He's never been in this business. He’s been in a scattershot of businesses that have nothing to do with media or communication.” — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: NBC News
April 15, 2022

E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power with Landmark Digital Act

“It is possible that even the U.S. Congress will now conclude that they are done watching from the sidelines when the E.U. regulates U.S. tech companies and will move from talking about legislative reform to actually legislating.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Anu Bradford
Source: The New York Times
March 24, 2022

Ty Haney Is Doing Things Differently This Time

“There’s a web3 that’s out there which is wonderful and trying to make the world a better place, but just by labeling something web3, it doesn’t mean power dynamics will magically reverse.” — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
Source: The New York Times
March 10, 2022

Appeals Court Upholds California’s Right to Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law While the FCC Remains at a Standstill

“Today’s ruling means California can continue to enforce its net neutrality law and protect Californians against unfair practices by the companies they pay to get online.” — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: CNBC
January 28, 2022

Facebook’s Unglamorous Mistakes

“It’s time to stop pretending like this is so different from other types of societal harms” — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington

M. Ryan Calo
Source: The New York Times
January 19, 2022

Why a Wide-Scale Return to the Office Is a Myth

“The return-to-office date has died. Endless waves of Covid have led most CEOs to give up, and instead set up contingent policies: if, when and how to return to the office.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: BBC
January 14, 2022

Expect ‘huge battles’ over working from home between employees and bosses soon, says Stanford professor who’s studied remote work for 20 years

“If you look at who the decision makers at the big firms are, they are usually older, non-minority men who have no young kids in the house. If you’re a 55-year-old man that’s a CEO, it might be hard for you to understand how many of your employees really need hybrid/remote work.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: CNBC’s Make It
January 7, 2022

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
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LinkedIn v. HiQ and the Trans-Atlantic Privacy Divide

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.

Omer Tene

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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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Internet Architecture and Innovation

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

By: Barbara van Schewick