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Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

This section contains research on the networks that make the Internet work, the evolution of different business models that operate on the Internet, and ways to store and access information on the Internet through Cloud Computing.

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Professor Daniel Solove, George Washington University, explains why he believes Section 230 “…should be restored to its original meaning and purpose – a much more limited scope than it has now.” He discusses how recovering distributor liability would promote greater responsibility for platforms and ISPs.
Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain shares several years of thinking around digital governance during his talk at the 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values. His two-part lecture, titled “Gaining Power, Losing Control,” reflects on how technology has empowered humanity, and yet in many ways, we have less and less control.
International privacy expert and GWU law professor Daniel Solove reaches out to children with his new book, The Eyemonger.
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman shares an op-ed piece he recently wrote that discusses Section 230 and the legislative efforts to modify or repeal it.
A selection of articles recently written by TAP scholars explore AI and the impact on privacy, how to safeguard privacy and security in an interconnected world, digital platforms and antitrust, and patent reform to support innovation.
Professor Théodore Christakis' recent article examines the EU’s proposed new digital legislation and the overarching desire for “digital sovereignty”. Professor Christakis is Professor of International and European Law at the Université Grenoble Alpes.
Take a look at the top viewed blog posts from this past year that have been written by TAP scholars.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable digital technology events and people from 2020.
Stanford economic professors Susan Athey and Matthew Gentzkow, and colleagues Tobias Schmidt and Billy Ferguson, use GPS data to analyze people’s movements. The researchers found that in most U.S. metropolitan areas, people’s day-to-day experiences are less segregated than traditional measures would suggest.
Professor Théodore Christakis, Université Grenoble Alpes, presents three possible scenarios for data transfers and international trade to continue following the post-Schrems II “Recommendations” by the European Data Protection Board. This is the final article in a three-part series.
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Cloud Computing

“Cloud computing” describes how computer-related services and software increasingly have been provided over the Internet and other networks since the late 1990s.

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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
Asia Times
February 19, 2021

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The Wasteland: Anticommons, White Spaces, and the Fallacy of Spectrum

This article analyzes the advantages of allowing public access to broadcast frequencies between commercial stations.

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