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Barry C. Lynn

Executive Director

Barry Lynn directs the Open Markets Institute. Previously, he spent 15 years at the New America Foundation researching and writing about monopoly power. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2010) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005).

Lynn’s writings on the political and economic effects of the extreme consolidation of power in the United States have influenced the thinking of policymakers and antitrust professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been profiled on CBS and in the New York Times, and his articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy. He has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, C-Span, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, among others. Prior to joining New America, Lynn was executive editor of Global Business Magazine for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean for the  Associated Press  and  Agence France Presse.

Latest Work

The New York Times: The Week in Tech – How Is Antitrust Enforcement Changing?

Date Published: December 22, 2019

The New York Times’ Steve Lohr, who has covered the tech industry for more than two decades, explains how we may be entering a progressive era of antitrust. He speaks with Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn on the changing political landscape. “The environment is radically different than it was even a year or two ago,” Lynn told him. “It’s a grass-roots rebellion against concentrated power.”

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Yahoo Finance: Behind the Big Tech antitrust backlash: A turning point for America

Date Published: December 11, 2019

On Yahoo Finance, Roger Parloff tells the story of how America has come to a turning point in its views of antitrust. He tracks the origins of the progressive neo-Brandesian movement and how key figures have played leading roles in igniting the Big Tech antitrust backlash in Washington including Tim Wu, Barry Lynn, Lina Khan, Matt Stoller, and Luther Lowe. Parloff quotes Former FTC chair William E. Kovacic who commented: “In five years, Barry and his group have changed the debate. They’ve gone from being a largely unnoticed fringe body of commentary to being at the very center of the debate.”

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Benefits Pro: Wanted – More health care competition

Date Published: August 22, 2019

Benefits Pro reporter Scott Woolridge reports that the consolidation of market share in health-related industries has happened largely under the radar. He cites Open Markets’ American Concentration Crisis report and interviews Executive Director Barry Lynn on how consolidation is impacting every day Americans. “This stuff could be fixed by the DOJ and the FTC tomorrow,” he says. “There is an ample amount of power in federal and state governments to address this, it’s just not being used.”

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NYT: How Should Big Tech Be Reined In? Here Are 4 Prominent Ideas

Date Published: August 20, 2019

Steve Lohr of the New York Times offers four prominent ideas as to how big tech should be reined in from experts, including Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn. “The world is going to be better off after we break up these companies,” Lynn told the New York Times. He offered ‘Bright-line break-ups’ as a key solution. “The guiding principle is simple,” Lohr reports. “If you own a dominant online marketplace or platform, you cannot also offer the goods, services and software applications sold on that marketplace.”

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The New Yorker: How Elizabeth Warren Came Up with a Plan to Break Up Big Tech

Date Published: August 20, 2019

The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar profiles Elizabeth Warren’s plans to break up big tech and how in early 2016 then-Open Markets’ Lina Khan and Barry Lynn shaped her thinking in regards to antimonopoly policy. She reports that on June 29, 2016, Warren delivered a speech, titled “Reigniting Competition in the American Economy,” at an event for Open Markets. “Google, Apple, and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and every day they deliver enormous value,” Warren said. “They deserve to be highly profitable and highly successful. But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors who want their chance to change the world.”

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AP Explains: What T-Mobile takeover of Sprint means for you

Date Published: July 26, 2019

Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn is cited by AP reporters Mae Anderson and Tali Arbel about the implications of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. “Americans across the country will likely pay higher prices for worse service in a wireless market dominated by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile,” said Lynn. “The problem is especially bad for poor and rural customers.”

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POLITICO: ‘It will be fascinating’: Silicon Valley faces an antitrust reckoning

Date Published: July 26, 2019

POLITICO’s Steve Overly writes about Silicon Valley’s antitrust troubles in Washington and the confluence of probes America’s biggest tech companies are facing. He reports that enforcers “have met with Barry Lynn, executive director of the Open Markets Institute.” He also interviews Lynn who argues that strong antitrust action can alter the digital business models that have given rise to issues like disinformation.

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Washington Post: Inside Chris Hughes’s campaign to break up Facebook, the tech ‘monopoly’ he helped create

Date Published: July 25, 2019

Washington Post reporters Elizabeth Dwoskin and Tony Romm report on former Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ campaign to break up Facebook. Hughes has “become one of the company’s biggest problems,” they report. They also wrote that lawmakers and regulators have also held meetings with other antitrust experts, according to those leaders, such as Barry Lynn from the Open Markets Institute.

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Al Jazeera: Is Amazon a true monopoly or does the Bezos behemoth not qualify?

Date Published: July 15, 2019

Open Markets Executive Director Barry C. Lynn speaks to Al Jazeera’s Ben Piven regarding Amazon’s monopoly power. “As workers strike and the company kicks off Amazon Prime Day sales,” reports Piven “Many question whether the firm is too dominant.” Lynn tells Al Jazeera that “a lot of publishers and authors are terrified of speaking out about Amazon’s monopoly”.

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NYT: To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law

Date Published: June 20, 2019

The New York Times’ David Streitfeld writes that big tech’s power has regulators and scholars, such as those of Open Markets, trying to reverse years of established doctrine. He also describes how anti-monopoly reformers are in ascendance and speaks with Open Markets’ Executive Director Barry Lynn about anti-monopoly law and its history.

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NYT: Google and Amazon Are at the Center of a Storm Brewing Over Big Tech

Date Published: June 2, 2019

The New York Times speaks to Executive Director Barry Lynn about the storm brewing around Big Tech as the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission divide jurisdiction over the largest corporations to enforce antitrust law. “Until we see what they intend to do, none of this means anything,” said Lynn. “Maybe they are simply blowing smoke so the president gets happy for a moment so they can go back to doing nothing.”

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The New China Syndrome

Date Published: November 1, 2015

Open Markets Institute Executive Director Barry C. Lynn writes for Harper’s Magazine about the precarious trade relationship the United States has with China and the political and economic implications it has for American business and US national security.

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Antitrust: A Missing Key to Prosperity, Opportunity, and Democracy

Date Published: October 2, 2013

When a people set out to structure an economy, the most important decisions revolve around how they make markets and regulate competition. Such decisions determine not merely whether their economy will thrive, and how political power will be distributed. They also shape the character of individuals, communities, and society as a whole.

For two centuries, the foremost subject of economic debate in America was how to maximize liberty and opportunity in our economy, by blocking or closely managing concentrations of power over our markets.

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The Industrial Policy That America Has Forgotten

Date Published: October 1, 2013

In Europe’s World, Open Markets Institute Executive Director Barry C. Lynn writes that in the late 1940s, the United States adopted an industrial policy as sophisticated as any in world history. Rather than seek to build up power and wealth at home, Americans aimed instead to forge a deep and equitable industrial inter-dependence among nations.

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Estates of Mind

Date Published: July 29, 2013

The answer to America’s techno-malaise is to force big corporations to compete more. And to open their patent vaults.

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Big Beer, A Moral Market, and Innovation

Date Published: December 26, 2012

On the surface, America’s market for beer has never looked healthier. Where fewer than a hundred companies brewed a generation ago, we can now count more than 2,000, producing a mind-boggling variety of beers. Yet just below this drinker’s paradise we find a market that has never been more concentrated. Two giants — Anheuser-Busch Inbev and MillerCoors — control some 90 percent of production.

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The Real Enemy of Unions

Date Published: June 2, 2011

In the Washington Monthly, Barry Lynn explains why organized labor should join with entrepreneurs to bust the corporate monopolies threatening them both.

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