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Big Tech: Free Markets and Democracy at Stake

Robert Atkinson and Francis Fukuyama, moderated by Steve Lohr

Hosted by Duke Fuqua and UNC Kenan-Flagler
April 20, 2021

Robert Atkinson is president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the world’s top think thank for science and technology policy. Dr. Atkinson has testified numerous times before Congress and written extensively on competitiveness in the market and how big tech has emerged as an advanced industry that helps drive U.S. competitiveness, innovation, job creation, and economic growth.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Normellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), and Director of Stanford's Master's in International Policy Program. Dr. Fukuyama is a principal investigator for the Program on Democracy and the Internet in partnership with the Stanford Cyber Policy Center and Stanford Law School. His recently published report focuses on the various harms of dominant technology platforms, including economic threats and threats to democracy.

The event was moderated by New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize awardee, Steve Lohr who has covered technology, business, and economics for more than 20 years.


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