Items tagged "Antitrust"

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Key Elements and Functions of a New Digital Regulatory Agency

February 13, 2020 Antitrust , Digital Agency , digital platforms , interoperability , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

This piece was originally published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where Gene Kimmelman is a Senior Fellow. It’s an evolution on the ideas first laid out in Gene’s 2019 piece, “The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms.” Both are part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate […]

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Shot Across the Pond: UK Competition Authority Makes the Case for How to Regulate Google and Facebook

February 6, 2020 Antitrust , Big Tech , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) released its interim report on digital advertising markets in December. The report deserves careful attention by U.S. policymakers and the public. Of course, the findings are “interim,” so they may change as the CMA receives feedback and compiles its final report. (In case you are not inclined […]

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Creating a news-media cartel would hurt local news

January 22, 2020 Antitrust , Big Tech , Future of News , journalism , Legislation , Local Journalism , Platform Competition

This piece was originally published in The Seattle Times. You can view it here on seattletimes.com. Local newspapers are experiencing a steady decline in traditional print-advertising revenue as technology giants like Google and Facebook profit from the digital ads that support their massive information distribution platforms. It’s no wonder that the major media association has […]

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Dish Could Be a Fine Competitor in Wireless – That’s Not the Point.

December 20, 2019 5G , Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , DISH , DISH Network , DOJ , FCC , Litigation , Spectrum , Sprint , Sprint/T-Mobile , T-Mobile , Wireless Competition

This week was the T-Mobile/Sprint merger trial’s second week, and it focused on the Department of Justice’s proposed remedy: having the combined TMO/Sprint spin off a number of assets to DISH and provide DISH with a bunch of other spectrum and network access rights to enable DISH to enter the market as a competing fourth […]

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The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms

September 19, 2019 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , interoperability , Platform Competition

This policy paper was originally published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where Gene Kimmelman is a Senior Fellow. It is now clear that antitrust enforcers are in full gear, from Europe to the United States and beyond, identifying actual or possible violations of law by companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon […]

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Keeping Thumbs Off the Scale: Nondiscrimination on Digital Platforms

August 28, 2019 Antitrust , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

In a recent podcast episode, economist Luigi Zingales related a joke familiar in tech circles: “Why did it take police years to find the body?” “It was buried on page two of Google’s search results!” The witticism rings all too true to internet users. We know that our likelihood of selecting a digital pathway is based […]

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UK Digital Competition Report Builds the Case for Platform Regulation

March 13, 2019 Antitrust , Charlotte Slaiman , EU , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , UK

The United Kingdom’s Digital Competition Expert Panel released its report, “Unlocking Digital Competition,” to the government yesterday. The report proposes policies that it says, “would create substantial benefits for UK consumers, businesses trying to start up and scale up in the UK, and greater predictability for the major digital companies.” The report argues that competition law and policy in the UK needs to be updated to address the current problems in the digital economy, but that additional tools beyond competition policy will have the biggest impact. “Strengthened antitrust enforcement, although having an important role, moves too slowly and, intentionally, resolves only issues narrowly focused on a specific case.”

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To Make the Tech Sector Competitive, Antitrust Is Only Half the Answer

February 22, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , Competition Policy , FTC , Platform Regulation

It seems antitrust is finally having a new moment in the sun. From Attorney General Nominee Bill Barr to Senator Amy Klobuchar, to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to and even President Trump, everyone is talking about antitrust in the context of Internet platforms. While antitrust is a powerful tool and essential to the proper functioning of the economy, antitrust alone cannot eliminate the full array of harms caused by highly concentrated markets. The excessive market concentration and corporate power we see today resulted not only from conservative jurisprudence and lax antitrust enforcement but also excessive deregulation. Antitrust is not sufficient to rectify the very real problems reform advocates identify.

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A Real Remedy the FTC Should Demand of Facebook

December 20, 2018 Antitrust , Charlotte Slaiman , Data Protection , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

It seems almost every week there are new revelations about Facebook’s data use and sharing policies. The Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating Facebook for a potential consent decree violation related to the release of user data to Cambridge Analytica. The new allegations of data misuse in the New York Times this week may also be a violation of the consent decree. They are at least worthy of FTC investigation. And the cache of previously sealed litigation documents published by a British Member of Parliament earlier this month seem to indicate that Facebook may have been strategically withholding this valuable data from “strategic competitors” such as upstart Vine. Taken together, the two stories paint a frightening picture. Was Facebook granting access to private user data to cement its market position, offering it up to the powerful and wielding it as a cudgel against potential competitors? At the close of the current investigation, the FTC should demand remedies that protect users’ privacy while encouraging competition on the Facebook platform and against Facebook itself.

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Time for the FTC to Study Data and Labor Market Competition Issues

September 13, 2018 Antitrust , Charlotte Slaiman , Competition , Competition Policy , FTC , Platform Competition

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a series of historic public hearings on the future of antitrust law that begin today. Gene Kimmelman, the President of Public Knowledge, is participating in the hearings. To continue these efforts to examine developments in competition throughout the economy, the FTC should launch two important studies to examine: 1) the impact of big data on platform power, and 2) the impact of consolidation on America’s workers. Americans are concerned about competition, but we don’t have the information we need in order to know whether it is stronger agency enforcement or possibly other policy tools that are needed to address these concerns.

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