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Breaking the News: Free Speech & Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly

June 12, 2018  |  Marriott Marquis | 901 Massachusetts Ave NW | Washington, DC 20001


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Featuring:

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee

Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, Department of Justice

Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times

Robert Thomson, CEO, News Corporation

On Tuesday, June 12, Open Markets Institute and the Tow Center at the Columbia School of Journalism hosted an all-day conference called “Breaking the News: Free Speech and Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly.” Our speakers will explored how the power and business models of large online and telecom intermediaries affect the ability of reporters and editors to gather and distribute news in the 21st century.

The guiding question for the day was: How do we ensure that America’s journalists are fully independent, and that they are robustly supported to report the news, both nationally and locally, that is so vital to sustaining our democracy?

 

Welcome
Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute

Keynote Transcript | Watch here
Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust

The New Gatekeepers: Journalism in the Era of Platform Monopoly Watch here
SNAPSHOT INTRO: How the Facebook and Google Advertising Models Work
Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next
Julia Angwin, Author of Dragnet Nationand former Senior Reporter, ProPublica
Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Buzzfeed
Lina Khan, Author of Amazon’s Antitrust Paradoxand Director of Legal Policy, Open Markets Institute

The Effects of Information Bottlenecks: Propaganda, Misinformation, Loss of Privacy Watch here
Roger McNamee, Managing Director, Elevation Partners
Marc Rotenberg, President, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Sally Hubbard, Senior Editor, The Capitol Forum
Esha Bhandari, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Moderated by Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist, Financial Times, and Global Economic Analyst, CNN

Remarks Transcript | Watch here
Robert Thomson, Chief Executive, News Corp

Discussion Transcript | Watch here
Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times

Moderated by Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist, Financial Times, and Global Economic Analyst, CNN

The Effects of Information Bottlenecks: The Decline of Local and Special Interest News Watch here
Janet Hasson, Regional Vice President & Publisher, The Providence Journal
Terrance Egger, Publisher, Philadelphia Media Network
Ryan Kelly, Pulitzer Prize Winner and former Photojournalist at The Daily Progress
Stephenetta Harmon, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Moderated by Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University

Keynote Watch here
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member Senate Antitrust Subcommittee 

Private and Public Pathways to Independent and Diverse Journalism in the 21stCentury Watch here
SNAPSHOT INTRO: Antimonopoly and the News – A Short History
Richard John, Professor of History & Communications, Columbia Journalism School
Tom Wheeler, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Christian D’Cunha, Head of Private Office of Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor
Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University
Jason White, Director of News Partnerships, Facebook
Jonathan Kanter, Partner, Paul/Weiss, Antitrust Practice
Moderated by Zephyr Teachout, Author of Corruption in Americaand Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University

Remarks
Congressman David Cicilline(D-RI), Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

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