Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.


The Global Antitrust Institute, which presents programs that it presents as continuing education for antitrust regulators to learn more about the economic underpinnings of competition law is bankrolled in large part by tech companies — corporate donors like Google, Amazon and Qualcomm.  Those companies are facing antitrust scrutiny from some of the regulators who attended its programs, according to hundreds of pages of emails and documents obtained by The New York Times through open records laws, interviews with four past conference participants, and observation of a conference last year in Huntington Beach, California.

A report published by the newspaper said "critics and past attendees of similar conferences run by the institute said the sessions were more about delivering a clear message to international officials that benefited the companies paying for the event: The best way to foster competition is to maintain a hands-off approach to antitrust law."

Read the article by Daisuke Wakabayashi in The New York Times.


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