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Search Engine Regulation, a Solution in Search of a Problem?

Allegations of “search bias” have led to increased scrutiny of Google, including active investigations in the European Union and Texas, a possible FTC investigation, and sharply-worded inquiries from members of Congress. But what does “search bias” really mean? Does it demand preemptive “search neutrality” regulation, requiring government oversight of how search results are ranked? Is antitrust intervention required to protect competition? Or can market forces deal with these concerns?

* Declan McCullagh (Moderator), Chief Political Correspondent for CNET, part of CBS Corporation
* Prof. Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall University School of Law, author of “Federal Search Commission? Access, Fairness and Accountability in the Law of Search”
* Prof. Geoffrey Manne, Lewis & Clark Law School, TechFreedom Adjunct Fellow, and Director of the International Center for Law & Economics, author of “If Search Neutrality Is the Answer, What’s the Question?”
* Prof. James Grimmelman, New York Law School, author of “The Structure of Search Engine Law”
* Prof. Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law, author of “Search Engine Bias and the Demise of Search Engine Utopianism”

More information on this event can be found at http://techfreedom.org/event/search-engine-regulation-solution-search-problem

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