This is the edited transcript of the Competition Lore podcast episode 15, Google, our "God"?, with Google Chief Economist, Hal Varian.
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When grappling with competition issues in the digital economy, Google is often the first name to come up.
The tech powerhouse has been in the firing line of competition authorities in Europe. Its business model and strategies have sparked intense debate about what big data and big analytics mean for competition and how or even whether antitrust enforcers should respond.
And, yet, for its users who share their most intimate details with and ask their most pressing questions of the search engine, Google has been equated with a "modern-day God".
In this episode of Competition Lore, I am delighted to share the opportunity that I had to discuss these and related issues with Google’s Chief Economist, Hal Varian.
Hal was not only generous with his time but with his views ranging from general topics such as the role of economics and populism in antitrust and the standards that should apply to antitrust interventions, to specific issues raised by the European Commission’s decisions against Google in the Shopping and Android cases and debates about privacy and data protection.
Aside from setting up the interview, Google had no other input to the production of this episode.
While great care has been taken in the preparation of the transcript, there may be some minor errors.