Dina Srinivasan

Dina Srinivasan, a former advertising executive and antitrust scholar, is the author of “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook,” published in the Berkeley Business Law Journal. She advises on the economics of digital advertising markets and competition issues in the space.

 

Recent Articles

How Digital Advertising Markets Really Work

They’re shaping our market, our democracy—our entire reality. If we’re going to fix them, we need to understand them.

This article appears in the Summer 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . A rapid-fire series of announcements in June foreshadow an increase in antitrust scrutiny of the tech companies that shape our economy. Nancy Pelosi summed it up on Twitter: “The era of self-regulation is over.” The House Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation into competition in digital markets, while the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have divided authority between themselves over Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. The DOJ will oversee any antitrust investigation of Google and Apple, leaving Facebook and Amazon to the FTC. Google and Facebook are presumed to be the focus. The momentum to do something has been building, and for good reason. Consumers get to search the internet and connect with friends for free. But the cost is surveillance—across the whole web. This surveillance has concentrated the powers of influence and...