When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there's an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
Brands need to build trust by being transparent about how they collect data.
Micro-targeted online advertising has destroyed how Americans share experiences and a common knowledge base. The fix for this societal and political problem is as simple now as it was in 1840.
A move by the US to open up more competition in pay-TV has sparked a debate about TV viewing data.
The AFR has one of the hardest paywalls in the business, but the evidence shows this strategy could prove difficult to maintain.
Most Australians do not understand how the Google search engine works and what is paid or free content in any search results.
New research shows that behaviorally targeted ads can do more than figure out what kind of person you are – they can also shape how you see yourself.
It isn't the size of the screen, but how big it appears on the retina.
Online publishers are losing millions in lost earnings to ad blockers. But they are here to stay. So how can advertising change to reach its audience?
There is a way to ensure online advertising, the free web, and privacy can all coexist together.
The move that will save Twitter – and improve public debate worldwide – is much more than adding 9,860 characters.
A digital age of consent could ensure internet users know what they're getting into. But where to draw the line is tricky.
Murky ethics surround the pervasive practice of news sites engaging in online tracking.
Online advertising is out of control: are Facebook's Instant Pages, Apple News, and Accelerated Mobile Pages the answer?
Online advertising is so out of control, sometimes there's more ads than content.
Instead of arguing over whether adblocking is right or wrong, advertisers and publishers could work to make the web better.
It's been 60 years since first TV ad aired in the UK. What could the next 60 bring?
The rapid uptake of adblocking software on Apple's latest devices shows that most users would be happy to see the back of online advertising.
If successful, Apple News could give already challenged publishers another reason to worry.