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Columbia law professor Tim Wu shares expertise from his time as a Senior Advisor with the Federal Trade Commission to explain how the agency approved Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. Professor Wu proposes unwinding that merger in order to insert competition to help ‘check’ Facebook’s power.
Among the topics discussed at this year’s Searle Center antitrust conference were the effect of acquisitions on startup projects, the potential for coordination after mergers, and competition policy and innovation.
Rotman School of Management economics professor Joshua Gans introduces his policy brief for The Hamilton Project: “Enhancing Competition with Data and Identity Portability.”
An article by George Mason University professor Joshua Wright explains the value of enabling the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to police internet service providers (ISPs).
Carl Shapiro shares his insights about how to move antitrust enforcement forward in a constructive manner during this time of growing concern over the political and economic power of large corporations in the United States.
Among the topics examined at this year’s Searle Center antitrust conference were market power in telecommunications, how price caps affect competition, minimum advertised price restrictions, and patent policy.
Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, discusses a proposal to advocate for social graph portability rather than regulation or antitrust when dealing with market power issues that arise from platforms like Facebook.
Princeton computer science expert Edward Felten explains the European Commission’s claims against Google for anti-competitive tactics.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable information technology events and people from 2016.
Antitrust law professor Dan Sokol offers a look at the antitrust faculty with the most downloaded articles from 2016.
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Comparative Antitrust

In the United States, “antitrust law” refers to the body of State and Federal laws that prohibits unlawful agreements and practices by firms with market power that harm competition. Europe, Asia and Latin America call the governance of market competition “competition law”.

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The Case for Breaking Up Facebook and Instagram

In this opinion piece written for The Washington Post, Columbia law professor Tim Wu argues that Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram in 2012 never should have been given the okay by antitrust regulators. Professor Wu emphasizes: “It’s not too late to create a meaningful check on the power of Mark Zuckerberg’s company.”

Tim Wu
The Washington Post
September 28, 2018

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Questioning Copyright in Standards

This article asks if the systematic collection of data can be protected by copyright.

By: Pamela Samuelson