Finding the Middle Ground: A Proposed Solution to the Net Neutrality Debate

Posted by Social Science Research Network Finding the Middle Ground: A Proposed Solution to the Net Neutrality Debate By Jay S. Kaplan (George Mason University) Over the last several years, the debate over Internet regulation has become an extremely important and divisive political and policy debate, referred to colloquially as net neutrality. The applicable regulatory […]

Cox: “China does it” is a bad antitrust argument

By Rob Cox Facebook can make reasonable arguments about why the $530 billion internet company shouldn’t be broken up, either through regulatory pressure, legislative fiat or shareholder desire. The least persuasive of them is that the social network’s Chinese digital rivals won’t ever face the same fate. That didn’t stop Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg […]

Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing on Digital Advertising, Privacy, and Competition

By Jacqueline Yin On May 21, 2019, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy. The hearing aimed to address the intersecting issues between online advertising, privacy, and competition in the digital economy. The witnesses included Professor Avi Goldfarb, Elison Professor […]

What are the EU rules about state aid?

By Reality Check team, BBC News Trade unions have been calling for the government to help British Steel, which has asked for emergency financial support. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously said that Brexit could be an opportunity to pump more cash into British industry. He said that European Union (EU) rules restricted so-called “state […]

Assessment of Global Competition Agency Implementation of ABA Best Practices for Antitrust Procedure

In May 2015, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law (Antitrust Section) issued Best Practices for Antitrust Procedure (Best Practices). The exercise of identifying and cataloguing best practices in a systematic way was motivated by a desire in the Antitrust Section to contribute to and advance a dialogue in the international community promoting norms of procedural […]

Is Amazon Getting Too Big?

In an era when legacy retailers such as Sears and Macy’s are scaling back or going bust, online behemoth Amazon continues to boom. The company is the second-largest retailer in the United States behind Walmart, and last year it became the second company in the world to reach $1 trillion in market capitalization. Perhaps more […]

Antitrust Alone Is Not Enough to Combat the Problems Associated With Digital Platforms

By Fiona Scott Morton When it comes to digital platforms, antitrust enforcement is rife with difficulties. Digital platform market structures tend to be concentrated due to network effects and very strong economies of scale and scope, made even stronger than in the past by the role of data. This challenge to enforcement—a challenge that requires […]

Antitrust Alone Is Not Enough to Combat the Problems Associated With Digital Platforms

By Fiona Scott Morton When it comes to digital platforms, antitrust enforcement is rife with difficulties. Digital platform market structures tend to be concentrated due to network effects and very strong economies of scale and scope, made even stronger than in the past by the role of data. This challenge to enforcement—a challenge that requires […]

The Wayuus, Competition and the Benefits of the Digital Economy

By Marianela Lopez-Galdos This week, the ABA Antitrust section is hosting worldwide competition experts in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, to discuss competition law, policy and economics. As enforcers, practitioners and academics stroll down the streets of this city, they will find numerous products to bring back to their home countries. Among others, the Wayuu ‘mochilas,’ […]

The US needs antitrust law for the 21st century

By The editorial board, Financial Times Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently called for the US government to be more proactive in regulating social media. His former dorm mate Chris Hughes went a step further last week. Mr Hughes wants to break up the social network he co-founded. The controversies surrounding Facebook point to a […]

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