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 |  December 22, 2015

This hot tub is brought courtesy of the Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics at University College London. On July 7, Jevons presented a colloquium on Competition in Digital Media and the Internet—The related roles of Antitrust, consumer Protection, and Regulation. We’re pleased to present three talks given at that colloquium by Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, Jevons Executive Editor (and CPI Editor-in-Chief) David Evans, and OFCom Chief Executive, Ed Richards.

JUST POSTED: Videos of all the presentations from the colloquium:

We’ve followed the speeches with a mini blog ‘o blogs—looking at some of the immediate reaction to Commissioner Almunia’s presentation. We think you’ll find these talks stimulating and provocative—this issue will be with us for a long time and the discussion is just beginning.

Blog ‘o Blogs:

At Forbes, Kimberly Gold writes, “It is unclear what the EU hopes to gain from the investigation” of internet search engines, specifically Google.
EU Takes Aim at Search Engines

Ashby Jones in the Wall Street Journal asks which is true: “Either Europe really loves to stick it to Google for some reason, or Google insists on behaving like a rowdy, Eurail-pass-toting, lawbreaking American college student over in the old country.”
Deja Vu All Over Again

Greg Sterling at Search Engline Lab brings an insider’s look to the issue, and ponders if “European regulators are now ‘gunning’ for Google.”
EU Regulators Taking “Very Careful” Look at Google


In Australia, Courts can direct expert witnesses to write out issues on which they agree—and on which they don’t. The Court can also instruct all experts to concurrently give evidence in court, under oath, in a process called a “hot tub.” We’ve adapted that concept with our CPI Hot Tubs-designed to give the antitrust community, in one place, the information needed to understand recent events.