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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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What Happened to the Deepfake Threat to the Election?

“Deepfake videos and audios could undermine the democratic process by tipping an election.” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, Boston University

 


Danielle Citron
Source: Wired
November 16, 2020

Tech Tent: Is Facebook Fixable?

"Facebook was basically caught flat-footed, even though anybody who studies American politics would have known that one of our two political parties would do everything it could to delegitimise the process." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Modern Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: BBC.com
November 13, 2020

Digital Hygiene in the Zoom Era

"When your camera is on, make sure your computer is facing the wall. Other than your cat dropping in, it should be hard for anyone to get into the frame.” — Lorrie Cranor, Director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in Security and Privacy Technologies, Carnegie Mellon University


Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The New York Times
October 22, 2020

Do Algorithms Erode Our Ability to Think?

“If you want to know when social media companies are trying to manipulate you into disclosing information or engaging more, the answer is always.” — Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University


Woodrow Hartzog
Source: Cosmos Magazine
October 12, 2020

Government kept to the sidelines as Google got big. Now regulators have the chance to rein the company back in.

“U. S. antitrust law gives a huge amount of freedom to firms to decide what competitive strategies they want,”  — Eleanor Fox, Professor of Law, New York University


Eleanor Fox
Source: The Washington Post
October 12, 2020

Government kept to the sidelines as Google got big. Now regulators have the chance to rein the company back in.

“There have been so many visible expressions of intent to bring a case, to do something, that they [U.S. Justice Department] cannot retreat from that if they are to retain any vestige of credibility,” — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Washington Post
October 12, 2020

US Pundits Question Trump's Attempt to Ban Tiktok, Wechat

“We are behind the curve on misinformation and there's plenty of domestic misinformation in the US. Leading up to the election, it's going to be insane.” — James Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


James Dempsey
Source: Global Times
October 11, 2020

'Near-perfect market intelligence': Why a House report says Big Tech monopolies are uniquely powerful

"If Congress does flip, you could end up with some kind of new scheme for the big digital marketplaces. It'd be like the Radio Act of 1927, a different paradigm for thinking of online platforms." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: CNN
October 10, 2020

This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

“If I knew in 2007 what I know now, I would have voted to challenge the DoubleClick acquisition,” — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University
William E. Kovacic
Source: The New York Times
September 21, 2020

One Person’s Internet Junk Is Another Person’s Treasure

“People who would be protected by this bill dehumanize other individuals, call people cockroaches. It might be legal, but it’s terrible.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University
Eric Goldman
Source: Mercury News
September 10, 2020
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TAP Blog

“Schrems III”? First Thoughts on the EDPB post-Schrems II Recommendations on International Data Transfers (Part 3)

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.

Théodore Christakis

Fact Sheets

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.

Featured Article

Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems

This book analyzes the complex modern issue of interoperability and how to maximize its potential benefits.

By: Urs Gasser, John Palfrey