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Data Externality

Rakesh Agrawal


In economics, an externality is an indirect effect of consumption or production activity on agents other than the originator of such activity. We observe that internet is enabling the design of information services that become smarter more they are used because of the data generated in the process. We give examples from web search to make the notion of data externality concrete and propose that thinking and designing for data externality could be an interesting direction for future data research.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inBienneial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR)
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