Items tagged "Platform Regulation"

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Frances Haugen Wants A Digital Regulator — And So Does Facebook

October 6, 2021 Platform Regulation

Frances Haugen, the (hopefully first of many) Facebook whistleblower, made one thing abundantly clear this week in both her 60 Minutes interview and her Senate Hearing: The United States needs a specialized agency to oversee digital platforms. Antitrust enforcement alone is not enough. Breaking up Facebook would solve some problems, but without additional oversight it […]

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Digital Platforms: Log Off Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave

September 27, 2021 Platform Regulation

Facebook is in trouble. Or perhaps more accurately, it should be in trouble, but it’s really not. A deluge of negative headlines have bombarded the social media giant over the past few weeks. Their products are negatively impacting teen girls’ mental health and are directly linked to suicides. The company is making its users angrier […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC Action To Streamline the Rulemaking Process

July 1, 2021 digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, the Federal Trade Commission voted to streamline the agency’s process for creating rules against unfair and deceptive practices. Public Knowledge supports updating the rulemaking process so that it is easier for the Commission to develop substantive privacy rules, rules on the safety and effectiveness of algorithms and artificial intelligence, and rules about data security.

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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 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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Public Knowledge Applauds New UK Digital Regulator Coming Next Year

November 30, 2020 Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , UK CMA

Over the weekend, the UK government announced that a new “Digital Markets Unit” (DMU) will be established within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to regulate tech giants in online advertising.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes European Commission Antitrust Charges Against Amazon’s Data Misuse

November 10, 2020 Amazon , Antitrust , CPNI , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, the European Commission filed antitrust charges against Amazon for competing unfairly with sellers on its marketplace. The Commission has also opened a second formal antitrust investigation into the company’s “possible preferential treatment” of its own retail offers and sellers that use Amazon’s logistics and delivery services. The move follows reports of Amazon using third-party seller data to develop competing products, as well as the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Google.

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New Public Knowledge Paper Urges Congress to Adopt Law Protecting Vendor Data from Digital Platforms

July 7, 2020 Antitrust , Competition Policy , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Mind Your Own Business: Protecting Proprietary Third-Party Information From Digital Platforms,” by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network.

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Public Knowledge Launches Paper Urging App Stores to Prioritize Users and Developers

June 23, 2020 app stores , Apple , digital platforms , Platform Competition , platform maintainers , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Tending the Garden: How to Ensure that App Stores Put Users First,” by Public Knowledge Legal Director John Bergmayer. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network. The paper explores the challenge of balancing the significant […]

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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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