Would Breaking Up Big Tech Help or Harm Consumers?

Recent reporting by Politico suggests the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “is likely to sue Facebook for antitrust violations.” While the exact nature of the allegations against Facebook is unknown, it is widely believed the FTC will claim Facebook “unfairly stifled competition as it snapped up smaller rivals and maintained a stranglehold on its user’s data.” […]

The Economic Standard: Debunking “Big is Bad” — The Economics of Big Tech

Though calls to break up “Big Tech” — Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — have intensified over the last few years, the logic behind the movement is as tenuous as ever. From the perspective of consumer welfare, the standard that has guided competition policy in the U.S. for nearly half a century, there’s good reason to think […]

Posturing on Consumer Privacy

Facebook is suffering from regular beatdowns in TV, print and in internet media. Public irritation with Facebook’s loose securing of consumer personal data has been festering for years. Despite having more newly critical friends than he needs, Mark Zuckerberg chose to refresh Facebook’s black eye by pushing back against Tim Cook’s “I wouldn’t be in […]

Privacy with Exceptions: FBI and Facebook

You selected the right “friends,” lovingly noted your family members and posted cherished pictures that they will like.  You listed influencers in your life; authors, music, and video.  You chose Facebook settings to share in your circle of friends and exclude others.  Sometimes you add friends or unfriend someone who became a pest.  Facebook’s under […]

Participation and Privacy in Social Media

In 2004, my job included scanning for interesting sites on the internet.  I viewed clips on Myspace, Bebo and YouTube, few of which were limited to official “friends.”   Some were amusing, a few were skilled performances of music, but most were boring.  Facebook was limited to college students and I refused to fake eligibility Today, […]

Some Limits of Privacy on Facebook

I had a bad feeling about my privacy status on Facebook and it took about an hour to find the privacy setting crevasses, wriggle in, adjust settings, delete some innocent but taggable pictures, and block some advertisers and games that had wedged into my news feed. My privacy is now somewhat better.  But there are […]