Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Marvin Ammori, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet & Society; New America Foundation, Open Technology Initiative, and Luke Pelican, have published Media Diversity and Online Advertising in volume 76 of the Albany Law Review (2012/2013). Here is the abstract.
The paper has three parts. First, we explore these competing interests and their role in American society and law. Second, we discuss how the internet altered the landscape in which these values exist, describing how policymakers and courts reconcile these interests in light of changing technology. Finally, we identify the balance that exists between privacy and advertising in the online age, and conclude by offering suggestions for how to maintain that balance while preserving the somewhat overlooked value of media diversity. In essence, we argue greater engagement is needed between the public, the advertising community, publishers, and privacy advocates. The Worldwide Web Consortium, Do Not Track Initiative, and other efforts are a good start and have shown some success, but clearly more must be done in promoting mutual understanding of the benefits of online advertising, the adverse consequences that advertising may have on privacy, and the importance of media diversity online. We hope this paper contributes to that discussion.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.