3 holes in the antitrust cases against Facebook

By Mark Jamison Wednesday was a tough day for 46 state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who had filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook in December 2020. On Wednesday, they got their first taste of Facebook’s ....

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Mobile app stores are economic engines. Should policymakers be redesigning them?

By Matt Au and Bret Swanson In recent weeks, at least nine US states have introduced legislation to regulate smartphone software platforms such as Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. The bills follow ....

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Facebook, Google, and the battle over social media in Australia, part II

In the first post of this series, we examined the effect that internet platforms have had on traditional media firms and their revenues — and their diminished ability to create news content. Australia’s mandatory bargaining code requiring ....

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Do data protection laws really improve cybersecurity? Highlights from my conversation with Emily Taylor

Data protection and privacy laws must strike a difficult balance between individual privacy and cybersecurity. For example, what happens when a cyberattacker’s identity is masked in the name of privacy? How would existing laws in ....

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How environmental regulation could undercut Elon Musk’s $100 million innovation prize

Elon Musk is funding a $100 million innovation prize — apparently the largest in history — to fight climate change. The goal of the four-year competition, according to XPrize, is to encourage “innovators and teams ....

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Assessing USPTO Director Andrei Iancu’s tenure, part I

Yesterday, with the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th president of the United States, Andrei Iancu, the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since February 2018, logged his last ....

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What will governments do after Big Tech deplatformed Trump?

Launching a new administration involves thousands of decisions about appointments, budgets, executive orders, foreign leader contacts, legislative agendas, and the like. Planning begins long before the November election. But I suspect that President Joe Biden ....

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What happens when the EU and Biden redesign Big Tech?

Some politicians, academics, and regulatory practitioners are increasingly confident that there is something wrong with the structure of Big Tech. They are equally confident that smart regulators can remold Big Tech and make things better. ....

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What the pandemic should be teaching us about breakthrough innovation and the dangers of the ‘precautionary principle’

Plenty of optimism these days about the American economy over the next year or so. Among the reasons: lots of pent-up demand, a flood of federal stimulus money, and maybe even some productivity gains from ....

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The EU’s misguided drive to turn America’s Big Tech companies into public utilities

European Union (EU) regulators have targeted America’s Big Tech companies, aiming to make them some of the EU’s most heavily regulated firms. Draft legislation called the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act would ....

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