About Competition Lore

Join Caron Beaton-Wells, Professor in Competition Law at the University of Melbourne, to tackle the most pressing challenges facing competition in our economies today.  In this series, Caron explores what it means to participate as a competitor, consumer or citizen in a digital economy and society. Featuring regular cut-through interviews with leading thinkers, movers and shakers, Competition Lore is a podcast series that engages us all in a debate about the transformative potential and risks of digitalised competition.

Every day, our cost of living and quality of life are affected by companies, the actions and motivations of which are often unknown to or poorly understood by us. We are not entirely in control of our experiences and choices as consumers and their implications. As individuals and communities, we rely on competition policy and law to ensure that businesses of all sizes abide by the rules and act in ways that align with our values.

Competition in a digital economy is a new frontier. Technology is driving economic growth through continual innovation. It’s delivering choice, convenience and connectedness in ways previously unimaginable.

At the same time, there is disruption, concentration, intrusion, displacement. A dark side?

In Competition Lore, Caron Beaton-Wells explores what competition means in a digital age, whether we’re experiencing the industrial revolution in tech form or a whole new paradigm.

Through in-depth but decipherable dialogue with academics, policymakers, law enforcers and others, Caron interrogates whether, why and how we should be regulating Big Tech.

She’ll be asking the hard questions. Do the economic models, theories and tools developed over the last century still apply, or do we need new ones? Can competition aficionados afford to confine their attention to the economics, or does digitalised competition compel them to confront social and political concerns as well?

Governments are spruiking the benefits that technology provides, while becoming increasingly wary of risks and costs. In the process, some are pitting themselves against tech giants who seem way out ahead in a data-driven race for world domination. Public servants and politicians move much slower than code hackers and software developers.

Competition Lore unravels Big Data, multi-sided markets, network effects, collusive algorithms and other mysteries of digital markets. It provides a platform for a civil discourse about the challenges and opportunities that data-driven business models pose for competition policy and law.

Join Caron to ensure that the “lore” in this important field does not remain the exclusive province of expert “folk”.

Funding support from the University of Melbourne Law School for this initiative is gratefully acknowledged.

Competition Lore