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IGF-USA Planning: Reexamining Antitrust in a Digital Economy - Speaker view
Dustin Loup
Here’s a planning document you can use as the discussion proceeds: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q6DOlEcNz5jBJmrm9KxkRYWHEhHLX2R1nvNtl3Aopn8/edit?usp=sharing
Ann Vroom (Wash., D.C.)
Christopher Marchese
Here’s the House’s “summary” on Big Tech and antitrust reform, a casual 450 pages: https://judiciary.house.gov/uploadedfiles/competition_in_digital_markets.pdf?utm_campaign=4493-519
Dustin Loup
Nice. Some weekend reading
Ann Vroom (Wash., D.C.)
here are the four areas the DOJ is challenging Google:
Ann Vroom (Wash., D.C.)
--Entering into exclusivity agreements that forbid preinstallation of any competing search service.Entering into tying and other arrangements that force preinstallation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and make them undeletable, regardless of consumer preference.--Entering into long-term agreements with Apple that require Google to be the default – and de facto exclusive – general search engine on Apple’s popular Safari browser and other Apple search tools.-- Generally using monopoly profits to buy preferential treatment for its search engine on devices, web browsers, and other search access points, creating a continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization.
Christopher Marchese
Food for thought: NetChoice has a good relationship with FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson and can probably get her to participate. Only limitation is that she can’t comment too much on pending or future lawsuits. But if we need a keynote speaker or something… she’s really good at making antitrust understandable
Melinda Clem
Develop 3-4 antitrust examples based on current cases/potential antitrust issues so we have something general to carry forward an use in the future. For each, review the following:Describe the business case. The activity that is happening that may/may not violate antitrust lawsDefine the problem. What are the legal or economic rationale for the issue, e.g. what is the existing legal standard in question or the economic harm in place?Future considerations/ What new metrics should be used to evaluate antitrust violations, the socio-economic considerations not currently the legal standard but should be added. Other amendments needed for a digital economy.