Forty organizations launch one webinar: “Breaking the Power of Big Tech”, September 1

The movement for antitrust action against Big Tech firms continues to gain momentum, with a coalition of 40 organizations now announcing an extended webinar for Tuesday September 1: “Breaking the Power of Big Tech”. The announcement as I spotted it was posted on Twitter by the American Economic Liberties Project, which sounds like it ought to be the name of a right-wing think tank, but turns out to be a recently launched anti-monopoly effort led by Sarah Miller, who has previously worked as an advisor to the Center for American Progress.

Organizations listed on the masthead announcing the webinar include Public Citizen, Demand Progress, Jewish Voice for Peace, the reign-in-Amazon coalition Athena, the National Employment Law Project, Color of Change, and many more. Note the diversity of types of organizations in the co-sponsor list, and how many of them are focused on racial and economic justice. These organizations have realized that their movements are inseparable from the need to break up concentrations of corporate power.

Some extracts from the American Economic Liberties Project self-description:

The American Economic Liberties Project launched in February 2020 to help translate the intellectual victories of the anti-monopoly movement into momentum towards concrete, wide-ranging policy changes that begin to address today’s crisis of concentrated economic power.

Working together with a growing network of allies, we call on the government to re-assert essential policy tools — like aggressive investigatory agendas, robust antitrust enforcement, anti-corruption measures, corporate accountability, and a reinvigorated administrative state — to challenge monopolies’ dominance over markets and society.

I’ll paste the full webinar invite text below. Signups are open to the public.

-Bruce

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https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1tEhq9ryT7GB1Obsf2o7eA
Breaking the Power of Big Tech

September 1, 2:00 PM eastern time

Hear from the experts and advocates that jump started the movement to take on big tech about the road ahead, what we can expect next in the fight against big tech, and why there is a growing opportunity to take on corporate power.

Panel 1: The Need for Big Tech Break Ups
Speakers:
- Maurice BP-Weeks, Co-Executive Director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy
- Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- Jeremie Greer, Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director of Liberation in a Generation
- Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director of the Open Markets Institute

Moderator:
K. Sabeel Rahman, President of DEMOS

Panel 2: The Politics of Advancing the Fight Against Big Tech
Speakers:
- Brandi Collins-Dexter, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
- Sarah Miller, Executive Director of the American Economic Liberties Project
- Roger McNamee, early investor in Facebook and Author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
- Lauren Jacobs, Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families

Moderator:
David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress

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