Confronting America’s Monopoly Crisis: Taking on Tech’s Titans & Reinvigorating Antitrust to Safeguard Democracy

Opening Remarks:
Mike Kubzansky, CEO of Omidyar Network

Keynote & Conversation:
Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee
Sarah Miller, Executive Director of the American Economic Liberties Project

Panel Discussion:
David Heinemeier Hansson, Co-Founder & CTO of Basecamp and Creator of Ruby on Rails
Jonathan Kanter, Founder of The Kanter Law Group and former Co-Chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s antitrust practice group
Sarah Miller, Executive Director of the American Economic Liberties Project
Moderated by: Morgan Harper, Senior Advisor at the American Economic Liberties Project

Closing Remarks:
Rohit Chopra, Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission

This month, the House Antitrust Subcommittee concluded its 16-month investigation into the gatekeeping power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google by releasing a 449 page report that documents how they built their monopoly power and features policy recommendations, including structural separations, to restore competition in the digital marketplace. The report is also a pivotal political document, which indicts the pro-concentration approach to antitrust in previous decades and reasserts Congress’s role in addressing monopoly power to create broad-based prosperity and safeguard democracy.

On Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 p.m. ET, the American Economic Liberties Project hosted a conversation with the leader of this historic investigation, House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David Cicilline (D-RI), who discussed the report’s recommendations and the strategy for advancing them. We also heard insights on the investigation’s findings and path forward from Mike Kubzansky, David Heinemeier Hansson, Jonathan Kanter, and Rohit Chopra.

Date & Time
October 21, 2020 1:30 pm