I will be speaking at a lunch debate in DC hosted by TechFreedom on Friday, September 28, 2012, to discuss the FTC’s antitrust investigation of Google. Details below.
TechFreedom will host a livestreamed, parliamentary-style lunch debate on Friday September 28, 2012, to discuss the FTC’s antitrust investigation of Google. As the company has evolved, expanding outward from its core search engine product, it has come into competition with a range of other firms and established business models. This has, in turn, caused antitrust regulators to investigate Google’s conduct, essentially questioning whether the company’s success obligates it to treat competitors neutrally. James Cooper, Director of Research and Policy for the Law and Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law, will moderate a panel of four distinguished commenters to discuss the question, “Should the FTC Sue Google Over Search?”
Arguing “Yes” will be:
- Eric Clemons
- Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Need to Focus on the Correct Issues in Google, Power and Antitrust”
- Allen Grunes
- Attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and author of “Is There a Basis in Antitrust Law for Requiring ‘Neutral’ Search Results?“
Arguing “No” will be:
- Glenn Manishin
- Partner at Troutman Sanders and author of “No Need for Antitrust Prosecution of Google“
- Geoffrey Manne
- Lecturer in Law at Lewis & Clark Law School, Executive Director of the International Center for Law & Economics and author of “If Search Neutrality Is the Answer, What’s the Question?“
Friday, September 28, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Monocle Restaurant
107 D Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
For those viewing by livestream, we will watch for questions posted to Twitter at the #GoogleFTC hashtag and endeavor, as possible, to incorporate them into the debate.