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Libra Basics: What Is Facebook’s Currency Project?

Date Published: July 15, 2019

The Open Markets Institute submitted a report to Congress on July 15, 2019 on Facebook’s plans to launch Libra, a global digital currency. Open Markets’ report emphasizes Facebook’s dismal track record on data privacy makes its proposal to launch Libra a dangerous liability at home and abroad and proposes a suite of policy options for Congress to consider. 

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Food and Power: Addressing Monopolization in America’s Food System

Date Published: March 27, 2019

Monopoly affects the quality of our food and agriculture’s environmental footprint, making it a concern for both food producers and consumers, both in rural and urban areas. This brief documents the degree of concentration found in different agriculture-related sectors of the economy and lays out solutions for policymakers.

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America’s Concentration Crisis: An Open Markets Institute Report

Date Published: November 29, 2018

Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. When we purchase everything from washing machines to groceries, website domains to medical supplies, and even when we select a coffin for a recently deceased loved one, we are constrained by the small set of actors who increasingly control America’s commerce.

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America’s Free Press and Monopoly

Date Published: June 22, 2018

The Open Markets Institute and the Tow Center at Columbia School of Journalism convened a wide-ranging conference in Washington, on June 12, 2018. The immediate goal of the event was to better understand the nature, scope, and sources of the threat to America’s free press and to the American right of free expression. The second, equally important goal of this conference is to help citizens understand that Americans have faced similar challenges before, with the rise of then-revolutionary new technologies such as the telegraph in the 19th century and of radio and television in the 20th Century.

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