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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Upcoming Events

CITP Seminar: Andy Guess – Studying the Impact of Social Media Algorithms

Hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy

January 25, 2022,  

CITP Seminar: Danny Rogers – Disinformation and Its Threat to Democracy

Hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy

February 1, 2022,  

TAP Blog

Court Enjoins Texas’ Attempt to Censor Social Media, and the Opinion Is a Major Development in Internet Law–NetChoice v. Paxton

TAP scholar Eric Goldman shares his thoughts on the latest rulings on social media censorship.

Eric Goldman

Fact Sheets

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. 


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
October 7, 2021

Featured Article

The Economics of Markets and Platforms

Some economic models omit intermediaries, entrepreneurs, and other key factors in dynamic markets. The study of platforms like eBay and Etsy leads to the development of more realistic economic models.

By: Daniel Spulber