Roundtable: Can competition law preserve contestable digital spaces in SA?

The issue of market dominance and regulation of big tech has risen to the surface of the global debate about the future of today’s biggest companies. In the USA Congressional report produced after more than a year of fact-finding and testimony blasts Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook as monopolistic ‘gatekeepers’ of the digital economy Breaking up these companies will apparently be on the table. And recently the South African Competition Commission outlined the approach it intends to take to regulate competition in the digital economy. Michael Avery hosted Dr Cristina Caffarra of Charles River Associates; Patrick Smith, Partner, RBB Economics; and Heather Irvine, partner, Competition at Bowmans; for a roundtable discussion on the future of regulating the dominance of big tech firms.