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Search and destroy: more antitrust allegations against Google

Shepherd, Tamara (2011) Search and destroy: more antitrust allegations against Google. Culture Digitally Blog (27 Jun 2011). Website.

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Abstract

As reported by the Wall Street Journal last Thursday, Google faces a potential civil antitrust investigation from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for practices that include privileging certain search results based on how much a company is willing to pay for such ‘advertising.’ This lack of transparency in Google’s advertising business practices, along with the company’s habit of swiftly buying up and appropriating competitors, have been characterized as anticompetitive behaviour. While the fact that Google is accused of engaging in illegal, and at least unethical, business practices through its essential monopoly on web search might not surprise political economists of the commercial internet, the case against Google will be consequential for antitrust policy in the digital age. And more broadly, the accusations against Google highlight how the overarching commercial architecture of web space further undermines the last vestiges of notions like ‘democratization,’ ‘neutrality,’ and ‘free competition’ online.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://culturedigitally.org/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author; Online
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 09:59
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 13:34
Funders: National Science Foundation
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59468

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