April 18, 2024 - 8:45am PDT to April 19, 2024 - 5:00pm PDT

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's Corynne McSherry will be speaking.

Antitrust, Regulation and the Diffusion of Innovation

From the Organizers:

The first day of our two-day 2024 Antitrust Conference—Antitrust, Regulation and the Diffusion of Innovation—will focus on antitrust enforcement’s historical record of influencing the development and spread of general-purpose technology. Expert panels will discuss Syverson’s question about antitrust enforcement’s impact (or lack thereof) on the US economy and productivity. They will also interrogate famous case studies of antitrust enforcement, such as the breakup of AT&T, to discern if and how regulatory interventions have impacted innovation in the US and abroad.

The second day of the conference will turn from the past to the future. It will start with a discussion on how antitrust enforcement agencies around the world are transitioning to new regulatory competition models to tackle the unique problems endemic to digital markets. The conference will then shift to a discussion of the optimal regulatory policies that can encourage the development of competitive markets for artificial intelligence—the world’s best candidate for an innovation that can provide a boost in productivity.


Thursday, April 18, 2024
8:45 am - 7:30 pm CT

Friday, April 19, 2024
9:20 am - 5:00 pm CT





Event Requirements:

This event is on the record, live-streamed, and recorded. You must register to watch the live-stream video. The in-person portion of this conference is by invitation only.

From the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

In 2017, the Stigler Center embarked on an ambitious project to reinvigorate the discussion of concentration and monopoly in the United States, starting with the conference Is There a Concentration Problem in America? Six years later, our 2023 Conference addressed the future of antitrust enforcement beyond the Consumer Welfare Standard—and there was broad academic agreement that it is time to move antitrust policy and enforcement forward.

One of our most engaging panels discussed the quantitative impact of antitrust enforcement on the US macroeconomy. There, Chicago Booth's Chad Syverson asked whether there are good measures of how antitrust enforcement impacts aggregate productivity by influencing the creation and diffusion of general-purpose technology, such as computer chips or artificial intelligence. This is a fair question that deserves careful consideration from the antitrust community. It can also be extended: how can societies design antitrust and regulatory policies to promote competition and innovation.

About the Speaker:

Corynne McSherry is the Legal Director at EFF, specializing in intellectual property, open access, and free speech issues. Her favorite cases involve defending online fair use, political expression, and the public domain. As a litigator, she has represented the Internet Archive, Professor Lawrence Lessig, Public.Resource.Org, the Yes Men, and a dancing baby, among others. She was named one of California's Top Entertainment Lawyers and AmLaw's "Litigator of the Week" for her work on Lenz v. Universal. Her policy work focuses on copyright, generative AI, and best practices for online expression. She has testified before Congress about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Section 230. Corynne comments regularly on digital rights issues and has been quoted in a variety of outlets, including NPR, CBS News, Fox News, the New York Times, Billboard, the Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. Prior to joining EFF, Corynne was a litigator at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP. Corynne has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Ph.D from the University of California at San Diego, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. While in law school, Corynne published Who Owns Academic Work?: Battling for Control of Intellectual Property (Harvard University Press, 2001).

More about The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

At Booth, our mission is to create knowledge with enduring impact, and influence and educate current and future leaders. Leaders like you.

We do this through a passionate commitment to helping the best and brightest minds turn their ideas and talents into a meaningful impact. No matter which program you pursue, at our campuses in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong, you’ll study with the world’s best business school faculty. Your thinking will be transformed by The Chicago Approach™, our analytical, enduring style of business education. You'll be championed by a supportive, inspiring community dedicated to your success. You'll emerge as a global leader supported by a worldwide network of Booth alumni who are shaping the future of business around the world.

This event is organized not by EFF, but by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.