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TECH 08 W — Big Tech, Big Battles: What's Ahead for America's Internet Giants

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 14—Mar 18
Refund Deadline: Feb 17
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Laurel Kilgour
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Feb 14—Mar 18
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 17
1 Unit
Laurel Kilgour
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Once regarded as engines of benevolent innovation, or even as global emissaries of democracy, big tech companies have lost their reputational luster in recent years. Their rise coincided with a historic decline in government action against market concentration and abuse of dominance. But now the gloves are off. Since 2020, the US Department of Justice and nearly every state have filed major lawsuits against big tech companies. Lawmakers on both sides of the congressional aisle have introduced new antitrust legislation, including bills targeting internet platforms. Moreover, the new chair of the Federal Trade Commission has vowed to upend decades of assumptions about the appropriate tools for—and even the purpose of—regulating competition.

Where did this whirlwind of activity come from? Are tech companies, once known for "moving fast and breaking things," about to get broken up? Would that fate be radically unprecedented, or rooted in American tradition? Do a search engine and a public wharf have anything in common? What about a social network and a railroad? Is our democracy at stake? To explore such questions, we will examine historical scholarship, modern research, and legal briefs, and we will conclude by considering recent legislative action. Students will come away understanding the intellectual foundations of the movement driving these changes, as well as issues unique to internet platforms.

Counsel, Comar Mollé LLP

Laurel Kilgour represents investors and startups on corporate, compliance, and employment matters. Previously, she focused on biglaw commercial and intellectual property litigation. She has also analyzed international policy issues at the World Health Organization and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received a JD/MS from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.