Second Annual Conference on Competition, Search, and Social Media
Event Date: Wednesday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Search and social media are important parts of the economy. They are also young industries. As such, understanding both the way in which search and social media operate as well as how these markets may evolve is fundamental to any economic and policy discussion. A deep understanding of the technology and economics of search, network effects, the antitrust economics of market definition, and the relationship between search and social media are required to facilitate sensible policies in this area. This conference seeks to address these issues by inviting experts in the field to present their views and engage with each other about the economic realities of competition, search and social media.
PANEL 1: Antitrust and Platform Competition in Search and Social Media
This panel will discuss issues involving market definition, network effects, and dynamic considerations when analyzing search and social media platform competition.
PANEL 2: Search, Duties to Deal, and Essential Facilities
This panel will explore the extent to which search engines should be viewed as utilities, and whether they may have a legal duty to assist their rivals under the essential facilities doctrine as it survives after Trinko and Linkline.
PANEL 3: The Interface Between Privacy and Competitive Analysis in Search and Social Media
This panel will explore the extent to which privacy should be germane to antitrust analysis of online search and social networks, including whether privacy can be viewed as proxy for quality and whether privacy regulation can affect competition.
PANEL 4: Are There Workable Remedies for “Search Engine Bias”?
This panel will discuss practical and legal (including First Amendment) issues surrounding crafting a remedy to allegedly “biased” search engine results.
Please click the links below to read papers presented at the Conference:
David A. Balto, Law Offices of David A. Balto; Center for American Progress
Catherine E. Tucker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marina Lao, Seton Hall University Law School
Joshua D. Wright, George Mason University School of Law
Chris Dellarocas, Boston University School of Management
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