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Harvard Business Review: It’s Time to Update Section 230

Harvard Business Review recently published insight co-authored by Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Professor of Management and Professor of Information Systems, on the need to update Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The article unpacks Section 230 and the growing consensus to rewrite its protections, while also explaining the reasons for opposing views.

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Harvard Business Review recently published insight co-authored by Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Professor of Management and Professor of Information Systems, on the need to update Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The article unpacks Section 230 and the growing consensus to rewrite its protections, while also explaining the reasons for opposing views.

“A duty of care standard will only hold accountable those who fail to meet the duty. By contrast, broader regulatory intervention could limit the discretion of, and impose costs on, all businesses, whether they act responsibly or not.”

Marshall Van Alstyne
Questrom Professor of Management
Professor of Information Systems

The article suggests the revision of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, is no longer a question of if, but when.

 

Marshall Van Alstyne is a Questrom Professor of Management in Information Systems at Boston University Questrom School of Business and is one of the leading experts in network business models. He conducts research on information economics, covering such topics as communications markets, the economics of networks, intellectual property, social effects of technology, and productivity effects of information. As co-developer of the concept of “two-sided networks” he has been a major contributor to the theory of network effects, a set of ideas now taught worldwide. His co-authored article on the subject is a Harvard Business Review top 50 of all time. Awards include two patents, National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, SBIR, iCorp and Career Awards, and eight best paper awards. Articles or commentary have appeared in Science, Nature, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.