New Debates and Tensions in Antitrust: How to Handle Big Tech?

McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University

09/30/2019 - 12:00 to 13:30

Antitrust has become a hot topic, taking an especially prominent role in the policy debate over the role of large technology companies in our economy, our society, and our daily lives. Proposals are coming from across the political spectrum for ways to regulate how tech platforms handle data and privacy, how they manage controversial content, and how they behave in the marketplace. Antitrust enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad are pursuing investigations and launching policy initiatives to probe large tech firms' competitive behavior. A number of presidential candidates have made policy proposals to regulate tech firms, ranging from calls for more aggressive antitrust enforcement under existing laws, to legislative proposals that would break up some firms or regulate them as utilities.

A panel discussion moderated by Mark Whitener, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; and former Global Executive Counsel, Competition Law & Policy, General Electric Company. Panelists include:

  • John W. Mayo, Elsa Carlson McDonough Professor of Business Administration, Georgetown University; and Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

  • Terrell McSweeney, Partner, Covington and Burling LLP; and former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

  • Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown University; and former Director of the Bureau of Economics (2012-2013), Federal Trade Commission

  • Paul Yde, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; and former Attorney-Advisor, Federal Trade Commission



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45 Independence Ave SW Room 2237
Washington , DC 20515
US