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Thinkers50 Podcast: Marshall Van Alstyne and Fake News

By Marshall Van Alstyne

In this second conversation between Des Dearlove and Marshall Van Alstyne we hear about the social problem of Fake News.  Marshall’s work looks at when private companies can police themselves, and when government intervention is required.

They also discuss the problem of externalities: if the damage doesn’t occur on the platform, but rather off the platform, then it is an externality.  In these cases, platforms can’t solve the problem.  So how do we combat the problem?

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