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E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power with Landmark Digital Act

“It is possible that even the U.S. Congress will now conclude that they are done watching from the sidelines when the E.U. regulates U.S. tech companies and will move from talking about legislative reform to actually legislating.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Anu Bradford
Source: The New York Times
March 24, 2022

Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet went on a buying spree in 2021 despite D.C.’s vow to take on Big Tech

“If you don’t do it right now in the coming twelve months, you will never get this opportunity again. And I think not only do they realize they have to deliver, they want to deliver.’” — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: CNBC
January 22, 2022

For big tech regulation, one-size-fits-all won't work

“You can worry about YouTube, Twitter, any social media platform with content moderation, but that's completely different than what's going on with Amazon and Google. If you lump them together, you're going to get the wrong solution because it's different problems.” — Carl Shapiro, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley


Carl Shapiro
Source: TechTarget
October 29, 2021

The Supreme Court’s NCAA Ruling Has Huge Implications Outside of Sports

"The significance of the ruling goes far beyond the unique setting of college sports. The decision hints at a revival of antitrust law and its application to an area of the economy antitrust law has unjustly neglected — the labor market." — Eric Posner, Professor of Law, University of Chicago

 


Eric Posner
Source: The Washington Post
June 22, 2021

Lina Khan, Big Tech Skeptic, Named FTC Chair Mere Hours After Confirmation

“Lina Khan has pushed the academic conversation on tech, and now she has to push the agenda at the FTC.” — Shane Greenstein, Professor, Harvard Business School


Shane Greenstein
Source: Ars Technica
June 16, 2021

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

“Extreme economic concentration yields gross inequality and material suffering, feeding the appetite for nationalistic and extremist leadership.”  — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
March 5, 2021

Biden Adds Big Tech Critic Tim Wu to his Economic Staff

“I think breakups or undoing of mergers are actually called for more than we have appreciated in the last few decades.” — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Source: Reuters
March 5, 2021

The Brussels Effect Comes for Big Tech

The stakes for the big tech giants are particularly high because EU regulations often have a global impact — a phenomenon known as the “Brussels effect.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Anu Bradford
Source: Taipei Times
December 21, 2020

'This Is Big': US Lawmakers Take Aim at Once-Untouchable Big Tech

"There’s not been a cluster of cases of this significance since the 1970s. This is a big deal." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Guardian
December 19, 2020

Facebook and Google Cases Are Our Last Chance to Save the Economy from Monopolization

"In prosecuting the Google and Facebook cases, the government’s lawyers will have to walk a fine line between realism and ambition." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Washington Post
December 18, 2020
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William Kovacic on the United States’ Antitrust Transformation

George Washington University Law Professor and former Chair of the FTC, William Kovacic outlines the transformation happening in American antitrust policy.

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Global Antitrust (Competition)

The laws that set the ground rules prohibiting firms from engaging in anti-competitive practices are usually called “antitrust laws” in the United States, and “competition laws” in Europe and other regions. These laws differ among nations, and each country enforces its laws independently.

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Fixing Social Media's Grand Bargain

Social media firms like Facebook offer services for free in exchange for data from end users, using the data to sell advertising. This bargain encourages social media firms and advertisers to manipulate users.

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