Items tagged "Big Tech"

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We Told You So: Small Publishers Struggle for a Seat at the Table in Negotiations With Platforms in Australia and France

July 21, 2021 Antitrust , Australia , Big Tech , Facebook , France , Google , JCPA , journalism

Recently, we published a blog post and warned policymakers about the Journalism Competition and Protection Act (JCPA), which proposes to create a “safe harbor” from antitrust law and allow news companies to collectively negotiate compensation terms for their news stories with the largest online platforms. We cautioned that the proposal, which is being advocated for […]

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House Antitrust Subcommittee Proposes Strong Bipartisan Legislation to Rein In Big Tech

June 11, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , interoperability , Legislation , misinformation , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Privacy

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law introduced a bipartisan package of bills to invigorate competition against dominant digital platforms.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Lina Khan To Federal Trade Commission

March 9, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , digital platforms , FTC , lina khan , Platform Competition

According to reports, President Joe Biden has nominated Lina Khan for the Federal Trade Commission. Through her landmark academic work and her contributions to the work of Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI), Khan has fought to hold technology companies accountable through stronger antitrust enforcement and improving competition law.

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Public Knowledge Fears Impact to Internet As Facebook Blocks Users from Sharing Australian News

February 18, 2021 Big Tech , EU , Facebook , Future of Journalism , Google , Internet Superfund , Link Tax , Local News , Platform Regulation , TV Blackouts

This week, Facebook announced that the company “will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content” in response to Australia’s “Media Bargaining law,” which would require Big Tech to pay publishers for linking to news content. There is no doubt that civic journalism faces a global crisis, but Public Knowledge contends that imposing public interest obligations, like an Internet Superfund, on dominant platforms is a better way to support local journalism for our communities as opposed to blocking users sharing news online or encouraging Big Tech and Big Media to strike deals that benefit themselves — both are predictable outcomes of this flawed legislation.

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America Needs a Public Interest Approach To Solving Big Tech Harms To News

February 9, 2021 Big Tech , EU , Facebook , Future of Journalism , Google , Internet Superfund , Link Tax , Local News , Platform Regulation , TV Blackouts

France and Australia have moved forward with plans to force Google (and, in Australia, also Facebook) to pay existing media companies for linking to news content. In theory, the laws adopted in France and Australia are designed to compensate these news organizations for the benefit Google and Facebook derive from linking to news. But both […]

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Reining In Big Tech in Europe and America | What US Policymakers Should Know

January 28, 2021 Big Tech , EU , tech policy , us policy

Across the globe, Big Tech is in the regulatory and antitrust hot seat. The European Commission has launched two major initiatives–the Digital Markets Act & the Digital Services Act–to rein in digital platforms and protect consumers. In the United Kingdom, the Competition and Markets Authority has its own plans for a Digital Markets Unit dedicated […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair to Promote Competition

January 21, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , FTC , Online Privacy , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Facebook and Twitter Made the Right Decision. Big Tech Is Still Too Powerful.

January 12, 2021 Big Tech , Competition Policy , Content Moderation , interoperability , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Section 230

What a week. On Tuesday, if you stayed up late enough (or woke at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning to a screaming baby, as I did) we saw Democrats win control of the Senate via a special election in Georgia. On Wednesday, we witnessed an armed insurrection on the Capitol Building, directed by President Trump in […]

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Public Knowledge Praises European Commission Action Promoting Fair and Open Digital Markets

December 15, 2020 Big Tech , digital markets act , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition

Today, the European Commission announced a new regulatory package to rein in Big Tech: the Digital Markets Act. This proposed law represents an important step forward in the global fight to rein in the power of Big Tech. 

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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