Online “platforms” like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others represent a new economic and social phenomenon. They have brought about tremendous increases in consumer well-being through the services they offer, many of them at no financial cost. Yet, their growing ubiquity, size (at least in terms of market capitalization), reach, and use of data have begun to attract the attention of policymakers across a range of issues. For example, how much responsibility should platforms take for content, and how would one even define “responsibility?” What rules regarding political and issue advertising, and political campaigns generally should apply to platforms and how could they be enforced? In short, what is the role of policy in helping to balance all the good that has come from platforms with the bad that they sometimes make possible.
Confirmed panelists included:
- Shane Greenstein, Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
- Robert Hahn, Visiting Professor, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University and Senior Fellow, Georgetown University, Center for Business and Public Policy
- Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
- Steve Tadelis, Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, and James J. and Marianne B. Lowrey Chair in Business, Haas Business and Public Policy Group, University of California, Berkeley
- Wilson White, Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, Google
- Roger Noll (moderator), Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Stanford University and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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