George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Is Big Tech Too Big? Assessing Calls for Antitrust Investigations of America’s Technology Firms

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  • Venue: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
  • Division: Civil Justice Academy

The digital revolution and advent of Internet-based communications, entertainment, shopping, and social media platforms have been among the biggest contributors to the American economy and consumer welfare in the last two decades. But big technology companies – including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and others – have increasingly been accused by those on both the political left and right of wielding too much power over the news and entertainment consumers view, and the goods and services consumers purchase.

Are big technology firms really “too big”? Do they still deliver more benefits than costs? Should antitrust regulators be concerned? Or are competition and market forces sufficient to discipline these industries?

Our panel of experts examined these recent calls for antitrust investigations of America’s technology firms.

Abbott (Tad) Lipsky, Jr.
Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Sandeep Vaheesan
Policy Counsel, Open Markets Institute

Gregory Conko
Deputy Director, George Mason University Law & Economics Center

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