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George Mason Third Annual Conference on Competition Policy in Search and Social Media

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George Mason Third Annual Conference on Competition Policy in Search and Social Media

Event Date: Wednesday, May 15 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Location: Founders Hall Auditorium 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies presents its Third Annual Conference on Competition Policy in Search and Social Media to be held at George Mason University School of Law, Wednesday, May 15th, 2013. The conference will run from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Search and social media are increasingly important parts of the economy. They are also relatively young industries.  Understanding the technology and economics of search and social networks is necessary to facilitate sensible policies in this area.  The Third Annual Conference on Competition Policy in Search and Social Media seeks to address these issues by inviting experts in the field to present their views and engage in a vibrant discussion about competition policy in these dynamic industries.


You must pre-register for this event.  To register, please complete the Cvent survey instrument:

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Smith at or 703.993.8382.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013:   

PANEL 1: The FTC’s Google Investigation: Implications for the States and Other Countries

The opening panel will delve into the FTC’s decision to close its investigation into Google’s search practices, and will examine the implications for the remaining state and international investigations.

PANEL 2: Search, Social Media, and the First Amendment

The second panel will consider the role of the First Amendment in regulation of online information platforms.

PANEL 3: The Intersection of Copyright and Antitrust

The FTC considered, but did not bring, an action against Google for its practice of “scraping” content from other websites. The third panel will consider the copyright and antitrust implications of this practice.

PANEL 4: The State of Competition in Search and Social Media

The conference will conclude with a panel examining the state of competition in search and social media, including issues of market definition and market power in these industries.

CONFIRMED PANELISTS (as of March 8, 2013):

•Marvin Ammori, Founder, The Ammori Group and Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
•Jane Y. Bambauer, Associate Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
•Michael R. Baye, Bert Elwart Professor of Business and Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
•Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
•Eric K. Clemmons, Professor of Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
•Stephen D. Houck, Of Counsel, Menaker & Herrmann LLP
•Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
•Frank Pasquale, Schering-Plough Professor in Health Care Regulation and Enforcement, Seton Hall University School of Law
•Mark R. Patterson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
•Randal C. Picker, Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law, University of Chicago Law School and Senior Fellow, The Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
•Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
•Gigi Sohn, President and Co-Founder, Public Knowledge
•Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
•Spencer Weber Waller, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Founders Hall Auditorium

George Mason University School of Law

3351 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22201

For More Information, Contact: Jeff Smith
Coordinator, Henry G. Manne Programs

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