Shane Tews is a Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, where she works primarily on cybersecurity and Internet governance issues. Shane is also a consultant for Vrge Strategies. Tews was formerly Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations for Verisign, Inc. where she represented Verisign’s interests before US and international government officials in the ICT sector. Tews is vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Internet Education Foundation. She formerly sat on several IT boards including the European American Business Council and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
The New York Times ran an op-ed arguing that leading technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon have grown so big they must be regulated or broken up. The piece is just the latest bit of punditry to allege these companies are ripe for antitrust interventions, but Jonathan Taplin makes a particularly problematic assertion in the piece, arguing that "it is impossible to deny that Facebook, Google and Amazon have stymied innovation on a broad scale." Regardless of whether you believe these companies raise legitimate competition concerns, this broad assertion is fatally flawed and reveals a lack of understanding of why these companies have been so successful.