Items tagged "Big Tech"

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House Judiciary Antitrust Report Marks Vital Next Step Toward Reforming Digital Platform Market

October 6, 2020 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Big Tech , Competition , digital platforms , Report

Today, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee published a report summarizing the findings of a year-long bipartisan investigation into Big Tech’s market power. The report aims to determine where market forces have inadequately prevented abusive practices in the technology sector —  and to devise appropriate policy interventions to promote more competition and innovation to fill those gaps. 

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Big Tech and the Starfish Problem: Why Antitrust Alone Won’t Save Us

July 2, 2019 Antitrust , Big Tech , Digital Platform Act , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Our June 26th event in San Francisco. Learn more at publicknowledge.org/StarfishProblemEvent.

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Observe and Report: Facebook Versus NYU Ad Observatory Proves the Need for Policy Interventions

August 11, 2021 Big Tech , Facebook , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Last week, Facebook disabled the accounts, apps, Facebook pages, and platform access associated with several researchers at the NYU Ad Observatory. The Ad Observatory is a voluntary data donation program that invites Facebook users to install a browser plugin — the Ad Observer — that collects information about the ads a user sees. Its most […]

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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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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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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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Tomorrow, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss censorship, the suppression of news articles, and the companies’ handling of the 2020 presidential election. Last time Dorsey and Zuckerberg were brought in to the Senate to testify, the hearing turned into an opportunity for some […]

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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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