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Washingtonian: Big Tech Is About to Spend a Ton of Money to Fight These People

Date Published: September 16, 2019

In Washingtonian magazine, reporter Luke Mullins exposes Big Tech’s number one enemy: Open Markets Institute. As Mullins details, founder Barry Lynn and his team are shifting the debate over Big Tech, presenting potential antitrust solutions to challenge Silicon Valley’s monopoly power. The anti-trust movement has reached critical mass in Washington, writes Mullins. Barry Lynn and his allies helped put it there.

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Vox: A $5 billion fine won’t fix Facebook. Here’s what would.

Date Published: September 10, 2019

We can do better than fine companies that break the law, writes Vox’s Emily Stewart. She speaks to Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard about the recent developments with Facebook. “As long as it is profitable to break the law, corporations, which are profit-maximizing entities by design, will continue to break the law,” says Hubbard. “You actually need to go harder on the big guys, and it’s not a question of lack of authority, it’s a lack of political will.”

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L.A. Times: 48 states are probing Google on antitrust grounds. Why isn’t California?

Date Published: September 10, 2019

The L.A. Times’ Suhauna Hussain reports on the announcement that 50 attorneys general from 48 states and two U.S. territories have launched a probe into Google’s monopolistic power and asks Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan to weigh in. “I think the states have sort of lost their patience” with the federal government, Vaheesan told her. “They’ve realized the administration might make some noises, but aren’t expecting any meaningful action. They believe they have to act or nobody will act against Facebook or Google.”

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The Verge: Google under antitrust investigation by 50 attorneys general

Date Published: September 9, 2019

The Verge reports that 50 attorneys general from US states and territories signed onto an antitrust investigation into Google, placing even more pressure on the major tech firm that is already facing intense scrutiny over its market dominance from the government. They cite Open Markets’ Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard’s statement on the news: “We haven’t seen a major monopolization case against a tech giant since Microsoft was sued in 1998. Today’s announcement marks the start of a new era.”

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Salon: Multi-state probe targets Facebook’s possible antitrust violations

Date Published: September 8, 2019

Salon.com’s Andrew Germanos reports on the multistate probe targeting Facebook’s antitrust violations. She cites a statement issued by Open Markets Deputy Director Sarah Miller. “This investigation,” Miller said in her statement, “will also serve to put further pressure on federal enforcers, who have a track record of inaction, to protect consumers, competitors, and our democracy from the range of dangers that Facebook’s extraordinary power presents.”

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NBC News: ‘Impressive and a little scary’: How Amazon and Jeff Bezos made Washington a second home

Date Published: September 6, 2019

NBC News reports that many companies have cozied up to the nation’s capital, but none have accrued the kind of presence and reach that Amazon will soon boast. Open Markets Senior Fellow Matt Stoller weighs in: “Now you have the richest man in the country running one of the biggest companies in the country, owning The Washington Post and bringing massive numbers of employees to D.C. That’s really breaking down a wall that has existed since the founding of the country, which is that we keep our business centers and our political centers separate.”

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