Big Tech and Covid19

Europe’s digital economy is dominated by a small number of giant companies. It is hard to imagine life without them and the Covid-19 pandemic made this reality clearer than ever. Economically, big tech companies have been among the few winners of the health crisis. But governments are also increasingly concerned about private companies wielding –and often abusing– so much economic and political power. With the EU and other governments planning major new regulatory initiatives, we may look back on this moment as a turning point for the industry.
In this dossier, the Chair investigates these trends and dives into some of the issues brought to light by the pandemic and the resulting global crisis. Will tech giants ultimately profit from the crisis and strengthen their grasp on their markets and on our everyday life, or will governments make good use of this exceptional context to push greater regulations forward?

Check out interviews with Randy Picker, Nicola Bilotta and Rupprecht Podszun, as well as four articles by Florence G’sell and Rachel Griffin, on the Chair’s website.


13 August 2020
EU flag with binary bits

What are Europe’s next moves on tech regulation?

by Rachel Griffin The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever how much we depend on the services of big […]
13 August 2020
Man riding coronavirus viruses on ascending curve

Is the Covid-19 pandemic a victory for big tech?

by Rachel Griffin The Covid-19 pandemic has caused countless avoidable deaths and massive social disruption. It has also been catastrophic […]
13 August 2020
US paperboat leading EU paperboat with a broken flag

Covid-19 has made Europe’s technological dependence on the US clearer than ever

by Rachel Griffin Long before the pandemic, big tech companies provided much of the vital infrastructure for the world economy, […]
13 August 2020
Broken Shield Digital

How can data sovereignty be preserved after the Privacy Shield has been invalidated?

by Florence G’sell At a time when data are a strategic asset, their possible transfer to third countries where they […]
13 August 2020
Nicola Bilotta

Taxing Big Tech and reclaiming sovereignty: 3 questions to Nicola Bilotta

Nicola Bilotta is currently a researcher at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), where he works on international political economy, digital […]
13 August 2020
Rupprecht Podszun Photograph

Competition law and online platforms in times of Covid19 : 3 questions to Rupprecht Podszun

Rupprecht Podszun is a law professor at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, and the director of the Institute for Competition […]
13 August 2020

Big Tech, antitrust, and the future of regulation : 3 questions to Randy Picker

Randy Picker is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at The University of Chicago Law School, where […]