Items tagged "Platform Competition"

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It’s Not Delivery, It’s Diminished Competition: Can Uber Really Buy Grubhub?

May 22, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Communications & Pandemic Series , DOJ , FTC , Platform Competition

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken so much from so many, so we’ve got to find bits of joy where we can. For me, quarantined with […]

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Public Knowledge Urges DOJ to Scrutinize Google’s Digital Advertising Practices for Antitrust Violations

May 18, 2020 advertising , Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , DOJ , Google , Platform Competition

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging Assistant Attorney General Delrahim to take a comprehensive approach to its antitrust investigation into Google’s conduct in the digital advertising market. Recent news indicates that the Department of Justice plans litigation against Google for antitrust violations in the digital advertising market, Public Knowledge urges the DOJ to consider the broad set of business practices Google has engaged in over the years — practices that appear designed to control key elements of the digital advertising market to the exclusion of competitors.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Tackle Digital Platform Power by Strengthening Antitrust Laws, Regulating Platforms

May 14, 2020 Antitrust , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging the House Antitrust Subcommittee to address competition issues in digital platform markets by improving the nation’s antitrust laws. The letter highlights concerns over the narrowing of antitrust law as well as the need for a competition regulator focused on digital platforms.

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Acquisitions in the Time of COVID: Big Tech Gets Bigger

April 7, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Communications & Pandemic Series , FTC , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. In the pilot of HBO’s recently-ended show, Silicon Valley, fictional mega-platform Hooli offers protagonist Richard Hendricks the deal of a lifetime: $10 million for his […]

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill Strengthening Antitrust Law for Protecting Consumers

March 10, 2020 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , exclusionary conduct , Platform Competition

Today, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), together with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), introduced the “Anticompetitive Exclusionary Conduct Prevention Act of 2020.”

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Gene Kimmelman to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee on Digital Platform Competition

March 9, 2020 Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Online Platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , testimony

Public Knowledge Senior Advisor Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights this Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Competition in Digital Technology Markets: Examining Self-Preferencing by Digital Platforms” will argue that creating a federal agency, alongside strong antitrust enforcement, to provide oversight of digital platforms will help promote fair market practices among dominant firms like Google and Facebook.

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Data Protection is About Power, Not Just Privacy

March 3, 2020 Data Privacy , Data Protection , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

I began working on privacy as a public policy issue in 2010 when Senator Al Franken started up the Privacy, Technology, and the Law Subcommittee on the Judiciary Committee. It was very difficult, because back in 2010, not many people cared about digital privacy. The questions back then focused heavily on “What is the harm?” […]

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Sonos Needs Regulatory Protections For Competitive Concerns, Not a Blockade of Consumer Products

January 23, 2020 Competition , Competition Policy , ITC , Platform Competition , Sonos

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the R Street Institute filed a comment at the International Trade Commission, arguing that it should deny Sonos’s request that categories of consumer products be blocked from import. On the merits, Public Knowledge finds Sonos’s ITC request runs contrary to the public interest. However, this is not an indictment against Sonos’s legitimate competition concerns. These competitive concerns demand resolution if consumers are to benefit from real, interoperable choices in the growing Internet of Things marketplace.

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Harold Feld to Testify Before Small Business Committee On Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business

November 13, 2019 Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Online Platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Small Businesses

Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business” will urge Congress to set necessary safeguards that balance providing a stable and competitive environment for small businesses with preserving the valuable features of digital platforms for consumers.

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Public Knowledge Warns $5 Billion FTC Facebook Settlement Insufficient to Protect Consumers

July 24, 2019 consumer protections , Facebook , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released details of its $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s repeated violations of a 2012 consent decree, which includes privacy violations such as the Cambridge Analytica incident.

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