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.
Date Published: November 8, 2017 The following is a non-comprehensive collection of readings related to the issues discussed during our event with Sen. Al Franken on Nov. 8, 2017. On Net Neutrality Net Neutrality: Why Artists and Activists Can’t Afford to Lose It W. Kamau Bell, The New York Times “This fair internet, where everyone from an amateur […] Continue Reading
Date Published: November 1, 2017Russian exploitation of Facebook’s monopoly structure to undermine America’s democracy means the FTC must act swiftly to curb its power. Continue Reading
Date Published: October 31, 2017Dear Acting-Chair Ohlhausen: We are writing to request that the Federal Trade Commission conduct a thorough review of Facebook’s dominance in social networking and online advertising; assess the hazards that this dominance poses to commerce and competition, basic democratic institutions, and national security; and issue recommendations on how to address these threats. Until this review […] Continue Reading
Facebook, Google, and Amazon Aren’t Consumer Choices. They are Monopolies That Endanger American Democracy
Date Published: October 17, 2017Can users of what is essentially privatized social infrastructure really log off? Continue Reading
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