The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) is pleased to announce a new research and education initiative on framing the role for antitrust in the digital economy. AAI is one of several organizations receiving support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to study pressing issues surrounding internet governance and policy. Issues include content moderation by social media companies, antitrust enforcement in big tech, and the pervasive problem of disinformation online.
AAI was selected through an open funding opportunity to expand fundamental research on the norms, rights, and responsibilities that govern digital services, in particular, social media.
“We are honored to be included in this important Knight Foundation funding program,” said AAI President Diana Moss. “The broader effort, and AAI’s role in it, will add significant value to defining and developing the first frameworks for an integrated, coherent Internet governance policy.”
As part of the initiative, AAI will conduct research to help frame an appropriate and vigorous role for antitrust as a leading tool in the broader policy “toolkit” that is needed to address the many issues raised by the digital technology sector. AAI will identify relationships and complementarities between antitrust enforcement and other tools, such as social regulation, economic regulation, and interoperability policy to help frame a holistic approach to future Internet governance policy. AAI expects to communicate the results of its research and policy recommendations to the enforcement, legislative, advocacy, business and consumer communities.