Google critics pushed out by think tank launch independent group


Source: Hill, The
Author: Harper Neidig
Coverage Type: reporting

A group of antitrust experts has launched their own independent organization after they were pushed out of the New America think tank two weeks after raising criticisms of Google. The new group is called the Open Markets Institute, and its goal is “to protect this country's economy and democracy from corporate monopolies that undermine opportunity, competition, choice, and — as we have now personally experienced — freedom of expression.”

Open Markets is headed by Barry Lynn, the former New America scholar whose praise of the European Union’s decision to fine Google $2.7 billion for antitrust violations led to clashes with New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter. On Sept 13, the new independent group announced that its board of directors will include the activist and academic Zephyr Teachout and Franklin Foer, a journalist who just published a book on the dangers that tech giants pose to society. Open Markets will not accept funding from any for-profit corporations, the group said in its announcement.

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