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Sally Hubbard

Director of Enforcement Strategy

Sally Hubbard is Director of Enforcement Strategy at Open Markets Institute. She possesses expertise on critical sectors, especially technology platforms like Google and Facebook, and engages with state attorneys general, who have significant authority to police and rein in monopoly power.

Sally served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau of New York State, working for Attorneys General Spitzer, Cuomo, and Schneiderman. Most recently, she worked at the Capitol Forum as an investigative reporter and antitrust analyst with a focus on technology platforms.

In the antitrust bureau, she investigated violations of state and federal antitrust laws from local mergers to nationwide multi-state price-fixing. Sally was honored with the Louis Leftkowitz Award for her efforts in investigating municipal bond derivative bid-rigging.

She is a Washington Bytes contributor for Forbes.com and has written for The New York Times and CNN, among other outlets.

Sally holds a Bachelor of Arts from The College of William and Mary and a law degree from New York University School of Law.


Latest Work


The American Prospect: A Week of Reckoning for Big Tech

Date Published: July 16, 2019

The American Prospect’s David Dayen previews a week of hearing scrutinizing big tech. He cites Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard who said that the subcommittee investigation itself, more than public hearings, will drive recommendations for reshaping tech platform markets.

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Bloomberg: YouTube’s Trampled Foes Plot Antitrust Revenge

Date Published: July 15, 2019

Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard speaks with Bloomberg reporters Lucas Shaw and Mark Bergen about YouTube’s dominance. She says of the video platform owned by Google, “If you’re looking into Google, it would be remiss not to look at YouTube. You’ve got monopolies upon monopolies.”

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HuffPost: Critics Say Facebook Penalty Is A Slap On The Wrist As Stock Prices Surge

Date Published: July 12, 2019

HuffPost’s Carla Herreria reports on how “Democrats in Congress are threatening to take action after the FTC reportedly voted on a $5 billion penalty for Facebook’s privacy violations.” She reports on the critics of the fine, including citing Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard blasting the fine as “woefully insufficient,” and how Facebook’s stock valuation only rose with the news of the FTC settlement.

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Yahoo! News: People ‘have no clue’ how much data Facebook and Google collect, antitrust advocate says

Date Published: July 10, 2019

Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy talks to Jon Ward, host of Yahoo’s Long Game Podcast on the case for regulating Facebook and Google. “The amount of data that Facebook and Google are collecting about the average person is absolutely insane, massive, widespread, ubiquitous, and I think honestly, a fraud on the American people that the people don’t understand that this is happening,” said Hubbard.

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Monopolies are killing the American Dream. We must keep them in check

Date Published: July 2, 2019

Open Markets Institute Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard has published a piece on CNN Business describing the extent of the concentration crisis in America and how monopoly is killing the American Dream. While big tech remains in the crosshairs for lawmakers and the 2020 presidential candidates, as seen during the first night of the Democratic debate, Hubbard emphasizes that the monopoly problem extends far beyond tech, crippling economic growth, raising prices, depressing wages, and making life increasingly harder for average Americans.

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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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Bloomberg: Big Tech Could Get Subpoenas in House Probe, Top Democrat Says

Date Published: June 4, 2019

Bloomberg’s Naomi Nix reports on how the U.S. House panel conducting an antitrust investigation of technology companies is prepared to issue subpoenas as it begins by focusing on the impact of digital platforms on news media organizations. She also reported that Open Markets Institute Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard has been tapped to testify at the first hearing as a witness.

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We’re getting closer to stopping tech giants like Apple from abusing their power

Date Published: May 15, 2019

Of the big four tech giants, Facebook, Google and Amazon have been taking heat for abusing their market power, while Apple has been flying under the radar. That’s because Apple’s business model, unlike that of Facebook and Google, doesn’t depend on closely tracking your data, and it has been more restrained than Amazon in the number of markets it muscles into. But thanks to a US Supreme Court decision on Monday, Apple is finally getting the attention it deserves.

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Noncompete clauses trap #MeToo victims in abusive workplaces. The FTC should ban them.

Date Published: May 14, 2019

After decades of virtual silence, the #MeToo movement has publicized the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. The recent New York Times investigation of Sterling Jewelers exposes the depth of the problem and shows how long and hard women’s fight for justice remains. Since women who complain about harassment face retaliation and even termination, often the only way to escape it is to find a new job. Yet for many women, continuing their careers with a new employer turns out to be impossible.

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Bloomberg Law: Apple’s Supreme Court Loss Could Ease Path for More Tech Suits

Date Published: May 14, 2019

Bloomberg Law’s Victoria Graham speaks to Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard about the recent decision by the Supreme Court in the Apple v. Pepper case and how the ruling clarifies another high court decision last year—Ohio v. American Express Co.—that set a difficult standard for bringing antitrust suits. The Apple case “makes it clear that the American Express decision was addressing a very specific type of platform,” Hubbard said. “It was not meant to cover all two sided markets.”

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Facebook’s new plan doesn’t protect your privacy, and neither does the FTC

Date Published: May 3, 2019

Facebook didn’t get where it is today by protecting your privacy. The company made $56 billion in 2018, in part by tracking people both on and off its platform and then selling targeted advertisements based on that surveillance. Yet when Facebook announced a shift to a “privacy-focused communications platform” in March and unveiled a redesign toward private messaging at its F8 developers conference on Tuesday, Facebook’s stock value did not even dip. How could that be, if surveillance is essential to Facebook’s business model?

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The Hill: Zuckerberg call for tech rules gets cold reception

Date Published: April 3, 2019

The Hill’s Harper Neidig talks to Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard about Facebook CEP Mark Zuckerberg’s call to regulate Internet giants and eyebrows raised by his proposals. “I think he’s trying to avoid what we really need, which is to stop the massive collection of data and to stop these algorithms that prioritize engagement and elevate the [harmful] content,” Hubbard told The Hill.

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