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Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (July 14–21)

The EU’s record-breaking antitrust fine against Google might be too little, too late; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thanks one of his biggest advertisers, President...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (July 7–14)

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to bring his pro-business bent to the Supreme Court; the DOJ is appealing the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval; Britain fines...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (June 30–July 7)

Scott Pruitt resigns from the EPA; a new report finds that digital platforms are not fully complying with the EU’s new privacy rules; Google,...

Ohio v. American Express: Clarence Thomas Sets Sail on a Sea of Doubt, and, Mirabile Dictu, It’s Still a Bad Idea

SCOTUS Forum. In the first of a roundtable of op-eds on the Supreme Court’s Amex decision of June 25, Chris Sagers harks back to...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (June 16–23)

AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner continues to make waves; a New York federal judge says the entire Consumer of Financial Protection Bureau needs to...

Was the Marketplace of Ideas “Politically Hijacked”?

A Stigler Center panel examines the influence of Big Five tech firms over political discourse and the marketplace of ideas.       At one point during Mark...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (June 8–16)

The AT&T-Time Warner merger is approved, further fueling the media merger frenzy and providing the Second Gilded Age with “another layer of gold”; net...

Is Social Media Associated with Real-World Violence? A Study of the US President’s Tweets

A new study by researchers at the University of Warwick investigates the relationship between Donald Trump’s tweets and anti-Muslim hate crime—with sobering results for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (May 26–June 2)

Google gives up Project Maven following "terrible" backlash; angry Facebook shareholders demand an end to Mark Zuckerberg's "dictatorship"; American startups are in a 13-year slump; and Italy...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (May 19–26)

Trump signs the largest rollback of financial regulations since the 2008 crisis into law; Zuckerberg masterfully evades the questions of European parliamentarians; Amazon has...

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In a surprise ruling last month, the German Federal Court of Justice determined that Facebook must comply with an earlier decision by...

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While big brands can afford to pause their addiction to Facebook, most advertisers cannot participate, as they have become so dependent on...