Upcoming Events

“The New Antitrust Movement Against Big Tech: What is at Stake and What to Expect”

Presentation by Marvin Cheung, Head of Research and Strategy at Unbuilt Labs

Hosted by Chairman’s Network, 3 June 2021 9:50AM EDT

The Antitrust Movement against Big Tech has rapidly gained traction following the Congressional Investigation on competition in digital markets in 2019. The 16-month investigation on Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon culminated in a 449-page report that was published in October 2020. Antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook have since been launched in the United States. At a basic level, the new Antitrust Movement is about restricting unfair business practices enabled by new technologies and digital business models. While predicting the outcome of these lawsuits is incredibly challenging given the ever-changing regulatory landscape, we can still foresee some of the lawsuits’ business implications based on historical precedents. 
 
This hour-long session designed to provide strategic foresight to board directors on technology and innovation, comprises of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute open discussion. After establishing basic definitions, we will first consider the historical developments of the Chicago School’s approach towards antitrust (late 1970s – mid 2010s) and the New Brandeisians’ arguments on the dangers of monopoly power (mid 2010s – Present). We will then explore the business implications of two scenarios, including when the lawsuits are withdrawn and when the lawsuits are successful, with reference to IBM as well as AT&T’s antitrust lawsuit in the 1980s and Microsoft’s antitrust lawsuit in the early 2000s. This is followed by a case study on Amazon, where we will examine the impact of Amazon’s anticompetitive conductive on both small enterprises and MNCs. The presentation will conclude with a list of plausible outcomes that introduces a more nuanced view to the question of “to dissolve or not to dissolve”, based on the new Congressional Investigation’s policy recommendations. Specifically, we will review the business implications of enforcing line of business restrictions, structural separations, and non-discrimination rules on companies using the PaaS (Platform as a Service) business model.
 
This presentation is a synopsis of the ten-thousand-word research report “Understanding the New Antitrust Movement” authored by the presenter, available at https://UnbuiltLabs.com/Understanding-the-New-Antitrust-Movement-Against-Big-Tech/

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“Improving Boardroom Decision-Making in the Age of Crisis Stories”

Presentation by Marvin Cheung, Head of Research and Strategy at Unbuilt Labs

Hosted by Chairman’s Network, 13 April 2021 9:50AM EDT

We have become increasingly dependent on traditional journalism between 2020 and 2021. While prevailing discourse, as represented by Ruha Benhamin’s Race After Technology from 2019 and Meredith Broussard’s Artificial Unintelligence from 2018, explored the role of algorithms in contemporary media problems, the underlying incentives and control systems behind sensationalist news and misinformation in traditional journalism have not received as much attention. 

This hour-long session begins with a 30-minute presentation on how “crisis stories”, characterized by their anger or anxiety-inducing abilities and urgency, are produced and disseminated. Essentially, a media industry incentivized to author news for virality encourages even the most well-intentioned authors to produce and sustain crisis stories; antiquated control systems such as the “delegation of trust” and iterative journalism have not been sufficient to ensure editorial standards following the rise of new media platforms and business models. The presentation concludes by highlighting the common strategies used to instil doubt, spread rumours, and editorialize news to help you navigate crisis stories and become a better decision-maker. This session concludes with a 30-minute open discussion.

This presentation is based on the essay “Media – To Sell a Crisis, Understanding the Incentives and Control System Behind Sensationalized News and Misinformation” authored by the presenter, available at https://UnbuiltLabs.com/2021/01/05/Media-to-Sell-a-Crisis/

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