Antitrust in the Digital Economy (SC)

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 23/25
Credits: 2

Course Description

This seminar will engage in an in-depth analysis of the application of antitrust law to the digital economy. Tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google now rank among the largest and most valuable companies in history. In recent years, they and other large tech firms have attracted significant antitrust scrutiny from enforcers and policymakers around the world. This course will explore the implications of “big data” and economic concentration in the New Economy, and the potential relationship between antitrust and issues like consumer privacy, filter bubbles, fake news, and the challenges facing journalism, print media, and brick-and-mortar businesses. We will investigate the dynamics of platform competition, including network effects, multisided markets and attention markets. We will also explore evolving theories of competitive harm in settings where users obtain sophisticated online services at a zero price, and where many small and medium sized businesses benefit from inexpensive targeted online advertising and distribution services. The course materials will draw on a rich body of recent cases, regulatory proceedings, and academic commentary and analysis. Class sessions will be interactive and engaging, with extensive visual aids, discussion questions, class-wide polling, and small-group exercises in breakout groups.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students required to submit a research paper (approx. 7500 words) via EXPO by Nov. 13th at noon.

Other Work
Grading will be based on the research paper, with adjustments based on attendance and in-class contributions.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Students should take Antitrust before or concurrently with this class. Students seeking a waiver must have the professor send a written authorization to the Student Records Office (SRO). Concurrencies: (Antitrust (7005))
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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