George Mason Law & Economics Center Second Annual Conference on Competition, Search, and Social Media

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, George Mason University School of Law, (Arlington, VA)

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies presents its Second Annual Conference on Competition, Search, and Social Media to be held at George Mason University School of Law, Wednesday, May 16th, 2012. The conference will run from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

OVERVIEW: This conference is organized by Henry N. Butler, Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center and George Mason Foundation Professor of Law, and James C. Cooper, Director, Research and Policy at the Law & Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law.

Search and social media are increasingly important parts of the economy. They are also relatively young industries. Understanding the technology and economics of search and social networks is necessary to facilitate sensible policies in this area. The Second Annual Conference on Competition, Search, and Social Media seeks to address these issues by inviting experts in the field to present their views and engage in a vibrant discussion about competition policy in these dynamic industries.

REGISTRATION: You must pre-register for this event. To register, please send a message with your name, affiliation, and full contact information to: Jeff Smith, Chief of Staff - Law & Economics Center, jsmithQ@gmu.edu

AGENDA - Wednesday, May 16, 2012:

PANEL 1: Antitrust and Platform Competition in Search and Social Media
- This panel will discuss issues involving market definition, network effects, and dynamic considerations when analyzing search and social media platform competition.

PANEL 2: Search, Duties to Deal, and Essential Facilities
- This panel will explore the extent to which search engines should be viewed as utilities, and whether they may have a legal duty to assist their rivals under the essential facilities doctrine as it survives after Trinko and Linkline.

PANEL 3: The Interface Between Privacy and Competitive Analysis in Search and Social Media
- This panel will explore the extent to which privacy should be germane to antitrust analysis of online search and social networks, including whether privacy can be viewed as a dimension of quality and the extent to which privacy regulation may affect competition.

PANEL 4: Are There Workable Remedies for "Search Engine Bias"?
- This panel will discuss economic, legal (including First Amendment), and practical issues surrounding potential remedies to allegedly "biased" search engine results.

CONFIRMED PANELISTS (as of February 29, 2012):
- Marvin Ammori, Principal, The Ammori Group; Affiliate Scholar, Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society
- Michael R. Baye, Bert Elwart Professor of Business and Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
- James Grimmelmann, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Allan P. Grunes, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
- Mark A. Jamison, Director, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida Warrington College of Business Administration
- Marina Lao, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
- Frank Pasquale, Schering-Plough Professor in Health Care Regulation and Enforcement, Seton Hall University School of Law
- Randal C. Picker, Paul H. and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law, University of Chicago Law School; Senior Fellow, the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
- Paul H. Rubin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics, Emory University
- Peter P. Swire, C. William O'Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Joshua D. Wright, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
- Christopher S. Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School

VENUE:
George Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information regarding this conference or other initiatives of the Law & Economics Center, please visit: http://www.MasonLEC.org or call or send an email to: (703) 993-8040, lec@gmu.edu

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics honors the legacy of Henry G. Manne, Dean Emeritus of George Mason Law School and founder of the Law & Economics Center. Manne was a trailblazer in the development of law and economics, not only as a prominent and influential scholar, but also as an academic entrepreneur. He spurred the development of law and economics into the most influential area of legal scholarship through his Economics Institutes for Law Professors and Law Institutes for Economics Professors. The Manne Program promotes law-and-economics scholarship by funding faculty research and hosting research roundtables and academic conferences. http://www.MasonManne.org



Posted 3/22/12