Updated: Nov 10, 2020
Digital competition is a current hot topic in the antitrust sphere around the world, among academics, practitioners, and rule-makers. In Europe, the European Commission will release next month its proposal about an ex-ante asymmetric regulation of large online platforms acting as "gatekeepers" (the Digital Service Act (DSA)). Last month, in the United States, the Congress hit Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (the famous GAFA) in a 450-page report. A few weeks later, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued Google for allegedly having abused its dominant position in the search and search advertising markets. In a few weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might release an antitrust case against Facebook.
If 2019 was the year of fruitful reports on competition in the digital age (Furman et al, Crémer et al, Schallbruch et al, ACCC report, and Stigler report), 2020 might well be the year of the beginning of policy responses.
But are the allegations against big tech accurate? Are the policy proposals the best solutions to solve market failures in the digital economy?
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