Establishing a White House Taskforce to Promote Digital Market Competition

Authors: Gene Kimmelman and Erik Martin


Summary 

In the last two decades, the digital marketplace has transformed the majority of the economy and the daily lives of billions of people worldwide. This transformation has delivered great gains to consumers and unlocked whole new technological opportunities for society to thrive. However, amidst these gains, palpable consumer harms and anti-competitive behaviors have also become clearer, and the bottom-up innovative dynamism that ushered forth the digital marketplace is increasingly under threat.


The next administration should establish a White House Taskforce focused on promoting digital market competition. This executive memo supports its establishment on day one of the next Presidential term.


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About the Authors

Gene Kimmelman currently serves as Senior Advisor to Public Knowledge, after running the organization since 2014. He previously served as Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice during the first term of the Obama Administration. He also served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee during the early 1990s and then went on to lead public policy work for Consumer Reports for 14 years. He is a graduate of Brown University and received his JD from the University of Virginia. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Copenhagen.


Erik Nikolaus Martin is a Policy Advisor for the Day One Project. He previously has served as a Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was Senior Education Program Manager at Unity.com. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has a Masters in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Clarendon Scholar.