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Defining ‘dominance’: the vexing question at the centre of antitrust and the pushback on Big Tech

Bringing political and geopolitical issues into the picture will further complicate the matter and may end up hurting fair competition, which antitrust legislation claims to protect.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020. Getty Images
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020.
Large creatures draw admiration from far, and fear when viewed in proximity. Over the last century, the federal government in the United States has moved to dilute the dominance of US Steel, Standard Oil, and more recently, AT&T, around 36 years ago. Big Tech’s first tryst with antitrust was when Microsoft was hauled up for its alleged anticompetitive
and China. Right now, a less discussed ‘tech war’ is between the US and Europe. This tech war has the potential to define the US-Europe relationship. What if Brussels passed laws that banned US technology firms from working with European governments? Clearly the complication of Big Tech goes way beyond antitrust. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)
Large creatures draw admiration from far, and fear when viewed in proximity. Over the last century, the federal government in the United States has moved to dilute the dominance of US Steel, Standard Oil, and more recently, AT&T, around 36 years ago. Big Tech’s first tryst with antitrust was when Microsoft was hauled up for its alleged anticompetitive and China. Right now, a less discussed ‘tech war’ is between the US and Europe. This tech war has the potential to define the US-Europe relationship. What if Brussels passed laws that banned US technology firms from working with European governments? Clearly the complication of Big Tech goes way beyond antitrust. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)

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