Browsers and antitrust: Should Google be regulated?

As many platforms, Google attracts political attention. Its mode of operation and its supremacy arouse suspicion and debates. Many observers denounce potential deviations of the giants of the Internet, a point that raises the question of the regulation of platforms. The article aims to analyze this possibility leaning on an approach taken from the regulation of electronic communications. The conclusion seems without appeal: Google cannot be regulated. However, the concerning about the innovation policy of such giants should be put into perspective.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. I. Introduction 1. Since the birth of the Internet and the proliferation of web pages and content, the need to search, find and browse has led to the implementation of search engines. Ten years ago now, one of them with the strange name "Google" has been noticed for its ability to find on the basis of keywords and order by order of relevance these countless web pages. In just a few seconds, Google's algorithm responds in a supernatural way to the Internet user's request: "Magic by design", as Thomas A. Stewart, editor of the famous Harvard Business Review [1], recently pointed out. But this apparent magic is only the visible phase of the Google system. The

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Denis Lescop, Browsers and antitrust: Should Google be regulated?, May 2010, Concurrences N° 2-2010, Art. N° 30846, pp. 44-49

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