Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing


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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Expert Poll: Internet Makes Us Smarter & Stupider

danah boyd
Source: TechNews Daily
February 29, 2012

Google to Ramp Up Online Tracking

Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: National Public Radio’s Morning Edition
February 28, 2012

Face Recognition Technology Might Get Employers in Trouble

Alessandro Acquisti
Source: Society for Human Resource Management
February 27, 2012

Stop the Cycle of Bullying

John Palfrey
Source: The Huffington Post
February 23, 2012

The Age of Big Data

Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: The New York Times
February 11, 2012

GPS Unit, Meet Car Insurance

Jonathan Zittrain
Source: American Public Media’s Marketplace
February 10, 2012
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TAP Blog

Is Digital Media Pulling Us Apart?

Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.

Matthew Gentzkow

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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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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