Panel Subject: Competition

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Title: The Competition Debate: Is Big Tech Good for America?

Description: Is big tech good for America? What kind of behavior deserves competition regulation and what sort of standards should be used to evaluate when it's appropriate for the government to act? Some are calling for a rethinking of the current (consumer welfare) standard to address their concerns regarding large tech companies while others oppose this change, arguing it is an objective measure the limits political interference. Should we place new limits on mergers and acquisitions? Do the benefits of connecting Americans and businesses of all sizes to reach each other outweigh the costs? Please join {SPEAKERS} for the competition debate of our times.

Team Lead(s) - April 25

  • Jesse Blumenthal
  • Gus Rossi

On-going Conversation Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WmMvEvSca4ml8vUAGqjXPot-5-kdFULxWqG1kt5isYA/edit

Survey Results | Guidelines | Updates | Discussion
This page is for coordination among the panel team to openly discuss the topics that will be covered under the subject of the "Competition" The page includes the relevant survey results, Panel Guidelines and a section for the panel team to discuss in the comments.

Important Links
Collaborative Planning Document
Panel Team
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Survey Results

The following topics were surveyed under this subject and the table provides the performance of each:

# Question Important (3) Neutral (2) Not Important (1) Weighted Average Responses
4.1 Should the government regulate online platforms when they achieve market dominance, taking into consideration competition, innovation and civil rights? 49 20 8 2.53 77
4.4 What do Internet platforms, and those with market dominance, mean for openness? 48 19 10 2.49 77
4.3 How to maintain a pro-innovation environment as it matures, e.g. encouraging opportunity for start-ups and behemoths alike. 42 19 10 2.38 77
4.2 Should governments take action to prevent cloud providers from abusing their market power or can standard setting for cloud providers facilitate market entry? 32 28 14 2.24 74

Guidelines

Panel teams should use this process to discuss the panel and get as close as possible to consensus on the following items by April 11.

  • Identify a concrete subject for the panel based upon discussion and rough consensus. The subject and process must take into account the IGF-USA Principles, and the survey response topics that the subject is based upon.
  • Panel teams should also consult the Topics Suggested under Other during the survey, especially comments that relates directly to a topic that performed well on the survey.
  • Assign team leader(s) and a representative to interface with the steering committee and provide ongoing up to date information to secretariat.

Updates

Team Lead(s) - April 25

  • Jesse Blumenthal
  • Gus Rossi

Draft Panel Description - May 2

Discussion


Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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David Snead: In looking at the four topics, the theme that appears to run through them is the openness of the cloud. Some core themes that would be helpful to prioritize would be: reversibility (vendor lock-in), open standards (cloud migration), and transparency (pricing, exiting and technical standards). Discussing these themes would necessarily pull in the regulatory aspect of the suggested topics since all involve either the current application of law and regulation (reversibility and transparency). With this in mind, a subject for the panel might be: competition, openness, and transparency in the maturing cloud.

Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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Jesse Blumenthal: David, I’d agree with your assessment and whether it’s the cloud or another subset I think there’s value in having a more focused conversation as a means of exploring some of the broader topics. To jump from cloud to search to social to etc.... seems like it would lead to more confusion. Perhaps that’s something that could be conveyed to panelists as this comes together.

SteveDelBianco

3 months ago
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in the comments of David and Jesse, I think the term "cloud" refers to content and applications that are hosted by a cloud provider (Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, Microsoft, etc. )

SteveDelBianco

3 months ago
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Cross-Border regulation is a reality. For example, EU regulators are using their antitrust laws to restrict service integration by American businesses such as Google.

SteveDelBianco

3 months ago
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Government is the largest customer for cloud services, and is considering competing vendors for the Defense department. Should we discuss government procurement policies and competition here?
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