Are Tech Giants Too Big For America's Democracy?

Are Tech Giants Too Big For America's Democracy?

Open Markets Institute

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

11/08/2017 - 12:30 to 15:30

The debate over ensuring political and economic liberty online has for years centered on restricting the powers of telecom and wireless corporations and ISPs, such as through net neutrality rules. But in recent years, a new set of extraordinarily powerful online gatekeepers – Facebook, Google, and Amazon foremost – have emerged with new techniques of organizing both discourse and commerce online.

Join the Open Markets Institute for our first event, where we will host Senator Al Franken and leading scholars, entrepreneurs, and activists to explore how to understand the policy and politics of this new era.

Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law

Introduction by:

Barry C. Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute


Roger McNamee, Managing Director, Elevation Partners and early stage investor in Google and Facebook

Zephyr Teachout, Chair, Open Markets Institute and Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University Law School, author of Corruption in America

Brandi Collins-Dexter, Senior Campaign Director and head of Media, Democracy, and Economic Justice, Color of Change

Lina Khan, Director of Legal Policy, Open Markets Institute, author of Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, author of The Master Switch and The Attention Merchants

Sabeel Rahman, Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, author of Democracy Against Domination

Craig Aaron, President and CEO, Free Press

Space is limited and RSVP is required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Phoenix Park Hotel
520 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington , DC 20001