Ganesh Sitaraman

Ganesh Sitaraman is a professor of law at Vanderbilt, co-founder of the Great Democracy Initiative, and author, most recently, of The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution

Recent Articles

How to Regulate Tech Platforms

Their sheer market power destroys rivals and abuses data of users. 

Press Association via AP Images This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . I n recent years, a new consensus has emerged that something has to be done about tech platforms. The market power of giant platform companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google puts them in a position to undercut businesses that rely on the platform, to dominate and rig markets, and to vacuum up user data. It also means they have an outsized ability to influence government, particularly by hiring legions of lobbyists. In response, some critics have suggested they should be broken up; others that they should be regulated as if they are public utilities. But as even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged, the debate on whether to regulate is now over. The question is “How do you do it?” Commentators and experts have outlined a variety of proposals for regulating tech—ranging from a data tax to privacy rules—but there seem to be fewer ideas on how to...