US: House Hearing signals fireworks on Big Tech antitrust issues

For Big Tech, expect fireworks for fall, or a September to remember.

This Thursday, September 12, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will hold a hearing on issues top of mind in the digital realm, touching on how data and privacy affect competition online, and specifically, for online marketplaces.

The witness list is varied and international in scope. Before the day is through, and as detailed by Bloomberg, the panel will have heard from: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims; former Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman, who now is a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School; Roslyn Layton, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Rohit Chopra.

This is the third hearing in a series focused on larger tech firms and economic power that has been held by Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who serves as subcommittee chairman.

Thus far, the other hearings and testimony have focused on the impact that marquee names, such as Google and Facebook, have had on the media industry.

The second hearing focused on innovation and competitive impact on the tech space, and panelists included executives from Apple, Amazon, and Google.

This time around, and at least thus far, the Thursday hearing does not feature appearances from company executives. But the hearings, ongoing as they are, take on new significance against the backdrop where regulatory scrutiny of

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