I’ll be participating in two excellent antitrust/consumer protection events next week in DC, both of which may be of interest to our readers:
5th Annual Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security
hosted by the GMU Law & Economics Center’s Program on Economics & Privacy, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.
Data flows are central to an increasingly large share of the economy. A wide array of products and business models—from the sharing economy and artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles and embedded medical devices—rely on personal data. Consequently, privacy regulation leaves a large economic footprint. As with any regulatory enterprise, the key to sound data policy is striking a balance between competing interests and norms that leaves consumers better off; finding an approach that addresses privacy concerns, but also supports the benefits of technology is an increasingly complex challenge. Not only is technology continuously advancing, but individual attitudes, expectations, and participation vary greatly. New ideas and approaches to privacy must be identified and developed at the same pace and with the same focus as the technologies they address.
This year’s symposium will include panels on Unfairness under Section 5: Unpacking “Substantial Injury”, Conceptualizing the Benefits and Costs from Data Flows, and The Law and Economics of Data Security.
I will be presenting a draft paper, co-authored with Kristian Stout, on the FTC’s reasonableness standard in data security cases following the Commission decision in LabMD, entitled, When “Reasonable” Isn’t: The FTC’s Standard-less Data Security Standard.
- Thursday, June 8, 2017
- 8:00 am to 3:40 pm
- at George Mason University, Founders Hall (next door to the Law School)
- 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
View the full agenda here
The State of Antitrust Enforcement
hosted by the Federalist Society.
Antitrust policy during much of the Obama Administration was a continuation of the Bush Administration’s minimal involvement in the market. However, at the end of President Obama’s term, there was a significant pivot to investigations and blocks of high profile mergers such as Halliburton-Baker Hughes, Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Staples-Office Depot, Sysco-US Foods, and Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna. How will or should the new Administration analyze proposed mergers, including certain high profile deals like Walgreens-Rite Aid, AT&T-Time Warner, Inc., and DraftKings-FanDuel?
Join us for a lively luncheon panel discussion that will cover these topics and the anticipated future of antitrust enforcement.
- Albert A. Foer, Founder and Senior Fellow, American Antitrust Institute
- Profesor Geoffrey A. Manne, Executive Director, International Center for Law & Economics
- Honorable Joshua D. Wright, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
- Moderator: Honorable Ronald A. Cass, Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law and President, Cass & Associates, PC
- Friday, June 09, 2017
- 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- at the National Press Club, MWL Conference Rooms
- 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045
Hope to see everyone at both events!