Making sense of the new wave of digital regulation.
Governments are increasingly seeking to control the behaviour of technology and firms that are pushing the innovation frontier. There are many litigations in US courts against the competitive behaviour of Big Tech – and notable lawmakers in the US Congress routinely call for some of these companies to be broken up.
Europe is also turning to antitrust and competition policy to control platform firms but is also championing a new approach to regulating big platforms (or gatekeepers). In proposals like the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, the European Commission is proposing a new set of competition policies that seek to reduce the power of big platforms.
What is this new wave of controlling tech aiming for? Can regulation and antitrust action increase the contestability of markets – and how? What are the costs and benefits of reducing the market power of Big Tech?
Please join us for an online conversation with Sam Bowman.
Sam Bowman is the Director of Competition Policy at the International Center for Law and Economics, a think tank based in the United States and a prolific writer on matters of competition and technology. Before joining ICLE in 2020, he was a Principal at Fingleton, a London-based regulatory and competition advisory firm, where he advised corporate clients on competition and public policy issues and led industry reviews into Open Banking and open data in the energy market. Before that, he was Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute.