Recently, Big Tech firms have come under increased scrutiny and pressure by the American and Chinese governments. This is partly due to persistent perceptions of Big Tech as harmful monopolies. Selecting only one of the following tech giants: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Alibaba, or Tencent, research and write an essay in response to the following question: Do you agree that Big Tech are harmful monopolies and hence need to be regulated by the State? Your essay will be assessed on the following: Evaluation of State Responses (35%) Discuss and evaluate, with properly cited evidence, the responses of the PRC or US officials/politicians to your selected tech giants perceived monopolistic behaviour. Analysis and Application of the Monopoly Concept (35%) Explain, with properly cited evidence, the types of harmful behaviour that monopolies have traditionally shown. Illustrate, with properly cited evidence, how your selected tech giants activities resemble or do not resemble the types of harmful behaviour that monopolies have traditionally shown. Clarity and Coherence of Essay (20%) Define your essays position clearly. Develop a coherent and well-integrated essay structure. Language and Style (10%) Grammar, spelling, sentence structure / phrasing, adherence to style guidelines etc. Suggested Readings The following articles may be helpful to get you started: Campbell, C. (2021, May 20). How China Is Cracking Down on Its Once Untouchable Tech Titans. TIME. https://time.com/6048539/china-tech-giants-regulations/ Karishma V. (2021, April 15). Is Alibabas fate a warning to Chinas tech giants? BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56741551 Robertson, A. and Brandom, R. (2020, October 6). Congress releases blockbuster tech antitrust report. The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/6/21504814/congress-antitrust-report-housejudiciary-committee-apple-google-amazon-facebook SCO103 Progress Report SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (SUSS) Page 4 of 5 Green, L. (2021, May 2). Antitrust: Hawley and Klobuchar on the big tech battles to come. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/02/antitrusttyranny-of-big-tech-josh-hawley-amy-klobuchar-google-facebook-amazon Style Guidelines Page Limit. Your article should not be longer than two pages (excluding bibliography), 1.5 paragraph line spacing, at least one-inch page margins, font size 12, and Calibri, Times New Roman or Arial font. Citation and Bibliography Style. Please use APA style for your in-text citations and for your bibliography. Example of in-text citation In 2019, Senator Elizabeth Warren arguing for the breaking up of Big Tech said: Todays big tech companies have too much power too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. Theyve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation. (Warren, 2019)* Example of reference in bibliography *Warren, E. (2019, March 8). Heres how we can break up Big Tech. Medium. https://medium.com/@teamwarren/heres-how-we-can-break-up-big-tech-9ad9e0da324c
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