George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

How Big is Too Big? Big Tech, Antitrust, and Privacy

Event Details

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  • Venue: Capitol Visitor Center, Room 209
  • Division: Civil Justice Academy, Program on Economics and Privacy

The largest online communication, entertainment, shopping, and social media platforms have come under increasing regulatory scrutiny, accused by those on both the political left and right of intruding too much into user privacy, skewing the content viewers see, and wielding too much market power. Facebook recently agreed to a record-breaking $5 billion fine by the FTC to settle claims arising out the Cambridge-Analytica scandal. The FTC and DOJ have both announced they are investigating the major tech platforms for potential antitrust violations. And Congress is considering a range of legislative proposals that would address concerns over privacy, competition, political bias, and tech addiction.

Listen to the recordings below to hear our panel of experts discuss claims that big technology firms are too big and debate what, if anything, to do about it.


John Yun, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School and Director of Economic Education, Global Antitrust Institute

Charlotte Slaiman, Senior Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge

Bruce Hoffman, FormerĀ Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission

James Cooper, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy

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