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Tell Google: Stop Killing Monopoly Research
"Our mission was to protect liberty and democracy from gigantic corporate monopolies. When we criticized Google for its monopoly practices, our program’s funding was cut."
google  government  lobbying  monopoly  platform  think-tank 
september 2017 by tsuomela
The Great Leveler — Brett Christophers | Harvard University Press
"For all the turmoil that roiled financial markets during the Great Recession and its aftermath, Wall Street forecasts once again turned bullish and corporate profitability soared to unprecedented heights. How does capitalism consistently generate profits despite its vulnerability to destabilizing events that can plunge the global economy into chaos? The Great Leveler elucidates the crucial but underappreciated role of the law in regulating capitalism’s rhythms of accumulation and growth. Brett Christophers argues that capitalism requires a delicate balance between competition and monopoly. When monopolistic forces become dominant, antitrust law steps in to discourage the growth of giant corporations and restore competitiveness. When competitive forces become dominant, intellectual property law steps in to protect corporate assets and encourage investment. These two sets of laws—antitrust and intellectual property—have a pincer effect on corporate profitability, ensuring that markets become neither monopolistic, which would lead to rent-seeking and stagnation, nor overly competitive, which would drive down profits. Christophers pursues these ideas through a close study of the historical development of American and British capitalist economies from the late nineteenth century to the present, tracing the relationship between monopoly and competition in each country and the evolution of legal mechanisms for keeping these forces in check. More than an illuminating study of the economic role of law, The Great Leveler is a bold and fresh dissection of the anatomy of modern capitalism."
book  publisher  history  economics  monopoly  capitalism 
august 2017 by tsuomela
Has the internet run out of ideas already? | Technology | The Observer
"Each of these technologies, Wu argued, started out as gloriously creative, anarchic and uncontrolled. But in the end each was "captured" by corporate power, usually aided and abetted by the state. And the process in each case was the same: a charismatic entrepreneur arrived with a better consumer proposition – for example, a unified system and the guarantee of a dial tone in telephony
internet  innovation  history  business  creativity  capture  monopoly  future  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Blake Masters
"Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 6 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. This class was kind of a crash course in VC financing."
business  startup  monopoly  capitalism  competition  entrepreneur  technology  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Cartels Are an Emergent Phenomenon, Say Complexity Theorists - Technology Review
Under certain market conditions, cartels arise naturally without collusion. This raises important questions over how the behavior should be controlled.
economics  monopoly  emergence  complexity  markets  from delicious
january 2012 by tsuomela
Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points - Andrew Blum - Technology - The Atlantic
"Terremark's building in Miami is the physical meeting point for more than 160 networks from around the world. They meet there because of the building's excellent security, its redundant power systems, and its thick concrete walls, designed to survive a category 5 hurricane. But above all, they meet there because the building is "carrier-neutral." It's a Switzerland of the Internet, an unallied territory where competing networks can connect to each other. Terremark doesn't have a dog in the fight. Or at least it didn't."
internet  infrastructure  geography  networks  network  monopoly  vulnerability  politics  regulation  design 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Facebook: The Privatization of our Privates and Life in the Company Town | technosociology
What is currently happening is the privatization of our privates, not just our publics. And this is not a mere question of legality but a lack of legal protections being carried over to a new medium. In some sense, this parallels the lack of carrying of wiretap protections on the phone to the Internet – the social relations did not change but the medium changed allowing for a gap in legal protections.

The correct analogy to the current situation would be if tenants had no rights to privacy in their homes because they happen to be renting the walls and doors. This week, you are allowed to close the door but, oops, we changed the terms-of-service. No more closed doors! You had locks last week but we don’t allow them as of this week. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media  commons  public-sphere 
may 2010 by tsuomela
apophenia » Blog Archive » Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated
Facebook speaks of itself as a utility while also telling people they have a choice. But there’s a conflict here.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Big Is Bad Again - Economix Blog - NYTimes.com
In the 1912 presidential campaign, there were three main views on how to handle megatrusts: do nothing (President William Taft); build up federal power to counterbalance and regulate concentrated industrial power (former President Theodore Roosevelt, running as the Bull Moose Progressive independent candidate); and break up big companies to reduce their power (Woodrow Wilson, advised by Louis D. Brandeis).
history  government  regulation  monopoly  1910s  america  recession  banking  business 
october 2009 by tsuomela

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