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Free Press & Platform Monopolies

Online intermediaries have emerged as the railroad monopolies of the 21st century, controlling access to market and increasingly determining who wins and who loses in today’s economy. Their dominance drives inequality and afflicts citizens and business-owners in all corners of American society.


POLITICO: How a liberal think tank is driving 2020 Dems to crack down on Big Tech

Date Published: June 14, 2019

POLITICO’s Nancy Scola profiles Open Markets Institute in an exclusive feature. She tells the story of how Open Markets has “has spent years urging Washington to crack down on the United States’ biggest tech companies — a lonely crusade that barely registered with the political establishment. Now the Open Markets Institute has become one of the most influential drivers of Democratic politics in the fight to rein in Facebook, Amazon and Google.”

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CBS News: Big Tech becomes big punching bag at House hearing on news business

Date Published: June 11, 2019

CBS News covers the House Judiciary Committee antitrust investigation scrutinizing Big Tech’s impact on the free press. They quote testimony by Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard who stated: “If we don’t act now to change the structure of our markets, titans will continue to control speech, journalism will continue to suffer, and so will our democracy.”

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TIME: Democrats Have Picked the First Target of Their Sweeping Tech Antitrust Probe

Date Published: June 6, 2019

TIME reporter Alana Abramson reports that House lawmakers are kicking off their antitrust investigations of technology companies by focusing on an industry crippled by the rise of big tech: local journalism. She reports that Open Markets Institute Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard will testify at the first hearing along with Gene Kimmelman, the president of Public Knowledge, and David Chavern, the president of News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada.

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In America today, wealth and political power are more concentrated than at any point in our country’s history.

The Open Markets Institute, formerly the Open Markets program at New America, was founded to protect liberty and democracy from these extreme -- and growing -- concentrations of private power.

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