It increasingly appears that the push to pass Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) will go down to the wire, with a vote potentially taking place sometime before Congress leaves for its August recess.
Given the uncertainty surrounding this massive legislative project, this Truth on the Market symposium examines the possible future(s) of digital competition in ways somewhat different from those we usually publish.
Contributors were asked to write short pieces about what they think the world might look like—for better and/or worse—under regulations such as AICOA and the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (as well as other regulations that might prohibit self-preferencing or mandate interoperability), or the implications of a future world where such regulations are absent, and where antitrust laws have been relaxed.
Some of the pieces are traditional, scholarly blog posts; others have chosen different literary genres to explore this imagined future, such as short stories, parables, sci-fi inspired pieces—even poems or song lyrics.
The symposium pieces will be posted over the course of the next few days.
As in the past (see examples of previous TOTM blog symposia here), we’ve lined up an outstanding and diverse group of scholars to discuss these issues, including:
- Alden Abbott, Mercatus Center
- Dirk Auer, International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)
- Friso Bostoen, KU Leuven
- Julie Carlson, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
- Daniel Crane, University of Michigan Law School
- Stephen Dnes, Preiskel & Co.
- Thom Lambert, University of Missouri School of Law
- Filip Lubinski, European University Institute
- Geoffrey Manne, ICLE
- Aurelien Portuese, ITIF
- Lazar Radic, ICLE
- Ramsi Woodcock, University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law
Series Posts (in order of posting)
- AICOA Is Neither Urgently Needed Nor Good (Lambert)
- Winter in Helsinki (Crane)
- The Bitter Fruits of Federal Antitrust ‘Reform’ Legislation (Abbott)
- The Catch-22 of AICOA’s Guidelines (Manne)
- New Frontiers of Fairness (Lubinski & Radic)
- Antitrust Populists Don’t Seem to Care About the Poor (Carlson)
- Verses on Self-Preferencing (Woodcock)
- Woman in the High Office (Auer)
- A Day in the Fair New World of Perfectly Open Platforms (Radic)
- The Four Ways of Spending Data (Dnes)
- Waking up to Platform Regulation (Bostoen)
- The Road to Antitrust’s Least Glorious Hour (Portuese)