Op-Ed: A Big Tech crackdown could just make the Internet worse - International Center for Law & Economics

Op-Ed: A Big Tech crackdown could just make the Internet worse

Boston Globe – ICLE Director of Competition Policy Sam Bowman, along with Brian Albrecht of Kennesaw State University, published an op-ed in the Boston Globe about recently introduced U.S. Senate legislation that would bar major tech platforms from preferencing their own products or services. The full piece is available (behind a subscriber firewall) here.

Last month, a bipartisan group led by Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced a bill that would, in many cases, ban one of the most common practices of large tech platforms like Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook (which now wishes to be known as Meta). The bill is being touted as a way to protect consumers from the power of Big Tech, but it would actually make things worse for users. It would undermine the trial-and-error process that has built the Internet we know today.