Information and Society

The Annenberg Public Policy Center examines the public policy implications of changes in technology and communication. It conducts research on issues of technology and policy, privacy, equity, international communications and infrastructure.   The Center has studied the changing role of the Internet, in particular the Internet and privacy. Its researchers have examined the role of television in shaping health policy, the portrayal of the medical profession on television and the role of women leaders in emerging communication fields. The Center has co-sponsored conferences on risk assessment, the use of new technologies to provide wider access to health information, online journalism and hyperlinks and society.

APPC Contributes to Consumer Privacy Study Contradicting Claims That Americans Want Tailored Advertising

Annenberg Public Policy Center researchers Amy Bleakley and Michael Hennessy served as co-authors of a study directed by Annenberg School for Communication Professor Joseph Turow suggesting that the majority of Americans (66 percent) are opposed to advertising tailored to their interests, despite marketers’ claims to the contrary. A collaborative effort of the Berkeley Center for Law
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APPC research published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs

The current issue of the Journal of Consumer Affairs features an article summarizing findings from a national survey led by Annenberg School for Communication Professor Joseph Turow, Ph.D., and funded by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, to examine online consumers’ understanding of privacy rules and regulations. The survey data, originally gathered in 2005, was recently
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Google poised to become Big Brother, Turow warns

Google’s decision to spend $3.1 billion to buy little-known DoubleClick will affect the future of American media and the way advertisers tell stories about you and me,” writes Joseph Turow in an op-ed published in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. Turow, who studies the media, the internet and advertising, urges federal scrutiny of the acquisition because
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Privacy Guarantees Are “Open to Question,” Turow Tells the FTC

“Most e-commerce sites today have privacy policies, but whether these policies provide privacy protection remains an open question.” That was the message delivered to the Federal Trade Commission in Washington Tuesday by Joseph Turow, director of the Information and Society Program at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC). “Privacy,” like the term “free,” has lost
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