A global consensus has emerged that technology platforms should be regulated. The European Union and Governments from the United States to Australia have sought to reduce the power of these platforms and curtail the dominance of a few. Yet regulatory responses remain fragmented, with some focused solely on competition while others seek to address issues around harm, privacy, and freedom of expression.
The Regulating Big Tech for Democracy panel introduces the 2021 book by Tambini and Moore with a similar title. It condenses the vibrant tech policy debate into operational take aways for journalists and publishers as well as academics and policy makers seeking to address one of the key issues facing democracies today: platform dominance and its impact on journalism and society. We will explore existing and future policy on data, antitrust, competition, freedom of expression, jurisdiction, fake news, elections, liability, and accountability, while also identifying potential policy impacts on global communication, user rights, public welfare, and economic activity.