Network TalksApril 24 2020

Amazon Pandemic

Why Amazon Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

April 24, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

This Data & Society Network Talk will focus on the ways in which Amazon might be engaging in anticompetitive conduct, and the way it utilizes data to stifle competition and establish its own ‘company rule.’ In particular, we will explain how Amazon’s e-commerce business operates and the way in which data is used by the company to harm competing e-commerce outlets, sellers on Amazon’s platform, small and mid-sized fulfillment services, and consumers.

The second part of this talk will focus on how Amazon uses the data it collects to establish its own quasi-judicial and regulatory systems that operate without public, governmental or judicial oversight. Finally, we will examine how the data it holds will help Amazon emerge from the COVID-19 crisis in an even stronger position.

This talk will be hosted by Postdoctoral Scholar Brian Callaci from Data & Society’s Labor Futures team.

Friday, April 24, 2020 from 12-1 p.m. ET

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About the Speaker and Host

Shaoul Sussman is a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. His research focuses on the intersection of antitrust law and big tech. Shaoul has published an academic paper and a number of articles about Amazon’s anticompetitive practices and the company’s negative influence on firms that rely on its e-commerce platform. Shaoul is also part of the Litigation Group at Pearl Cohen LLP. Shaoul’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, IP licensing, antitrust, and due diligence work. Shaoul received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Philosophy from Bard College Berlin.

Brian Callaci is an economist researching how business firms pursue innovations in law and technology to change the boundaries of the firm under vertical dis-integration strategies such as franchising and subcontracting. These strategies often leave workers, small businesses, and other stakeholders outside the walls of the firm that controls their economic lives, unable to participate in its decisions or demand shares of its profits.

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