TechFreedom will host a 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 to challenge a range of other firms and threaten their business models. This has, in turn, caused antitrust regulators to investigate its conduct, essentially questioning whether Google’s market position obligates it to treat competitors neutrally. The panel of four distinguished commenters will 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? ”
TechFreedom’s free ebook, “ The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet ” includes a chapter on search engine regulation, summarized in the book’s introduction The entire Next Digital Decade book can be downloaded as a free PDF or purchased in hardcover.