Internet Search and Innovation

Sixth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation

Thursday, June 4 - Friday, June 5, 2015

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 4, 2015 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 5, 2015. There will be a dinner reception and keynote address on Thursday night.

The conference is organized by Professor Daniel F. Spulber, Northwestern University.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to Internet search and innovation. The conference will cover academic work on Internet search and innovation, and the discussion will examine related public policy issues in antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property.

Topics include:

  • Internet search and antitrust
  • Market design, platforms, and e-commerce
  • The Internet, innovation, and intellectual property (IP)
  • Competition in two-sided markets
  • Software and business method inventions
  • R&D and innovation in high-tech
  • Open standards and entrepreneurship
  • Online content and websites
  • Social networks
  • Privacy issues in Internet search and marketing
  • Data portability
  • Cloud computing
  • Joint work in economics and computer science on search algorithms and other topics related to Internet search

Submission Deadline: February 2, 2015 (closed)
Notification Deadline: March 6, 2015

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