The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP), part of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, is seeking proposals for large-scale empirical research on various facets of the economics of privacy.
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Gregory M. Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Law at St. Thomas University Benjamin L Crump College of Law, has published his paper “Privately Policing Dark Patterns” in the Georgia Law Review. The paper may be read here.
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The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for the Research Roundtable on Competition and Consumer Protection Issues Surrounding Information Flows.
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A conversation between PEP Director James C. Cooper and Professor Alessandro Acquisti.
Alessandro Acquisti is the Trustees Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. His research combines economics, behavioral research, and data mining to investigate the role of privacy in a digital society. His studies have promoted the revival of the economics of privacy, advanced the application of behavioral economics to the understanding of consumer privacy valuations and decision-making, and spearheaded the investigation of privacy and disclosures in social media.
Abraham L. Wickelgren, the Fred and Emily Wulff Chair at the University of Texas Law School, has published his paper “The Eﬀect of Consumer Inferences on Privacy Regulation When Information is Costly”. The paper may be read here.
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Dr. Brenden Kuerbis, a Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy, and his coauthor Dr. Milton Mueller, Professor and Program Director, Masters of Science in Cybersecurity Policy at the George Institute of Technology, have published the paper “Exploring the Role of Data Enclosure in the Digital Political Economy”. The paper can be read here.
Researchers Cristobal Cheyre, Benjamin T. Leyden, Sagar Baviskar, and Alessandro Acquisti have published a new paper titled “The Impact of Apple’s App Tracking Transparency Framework on the App Ecosystem.” The reading can be accessed here.
Aileen Nielsen, Ph.D. Student at ETH Zurich’s Center for Law & Economics, has published a new paper titled “Whose Data, Whose Value? Simple Exercises in Data and Modeling Evaluation and Implications for Tech Law and Policy.” The piece can be accessed here.
James C. Cooper, Professor of Law; Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
New research from James Cooper, Garrett Johnson, Tesary Lin, and Liang Zhong uses YouTube’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) as a natural experiment to evaluate the impact of eliminating personalization— including tailored ads and platform features like personalized search and content recommendations—on made-for-kids content. The study of 5,066 top American YouTube channels from 2018-2020 finds that child-directed content creators produce 13% less content and pivot towards producing non-child-directed content. On the demand side, views of child-directed channels fall by 22%. Consistent with the platform’s degraded capacity to match viewers to content, the study finds that content creation and content views become more concentrated among top child-directed YouTube channels. Read the full study here.