Spring Symposium 2022: Digital Decisions

“Designing Digital Regulation: Lessons from the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority”
This presentation examines the approach taken by the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to address competition policy issues posed by the emergence of large information services platforms.  The paper describes how the CMA has sought to develop the expertise and policy tools needed to respond to what are proving to be uniquely difficult regulatory challenges. The paper suggests lessons from the UK’s experience for regulators in the United States and other jurisdictions.

 Tech, Trust, and Accountability

A panel discussion moderated by Chris Frascella featuring: Tamra Moore, Alka Roy, Dr. Mistale Taylor, Jennifer Huddleston, and Neil Chilson.


Meet The Speakers:

Before joining George Washington University Law School in 1999, Professor Kovacic was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. From January 2006 to October 2011, he was a member of the Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 to March 2009. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from June 2001 to December 2004. In 2011 he received the FTC’s Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime Achievement. Since August 2013, Professor Kovacic has served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions. At GW, Professor Kovacic has taught antitrust, contracts, and government contracts. He is co-editor (with Ariel Ezrachi) of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement. Professor Kovacic graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974, and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1978 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Tamra Moore is a partner in the Government Matters practice at King & Spalding, where she focuses on government-facing litigation and investigations on behalf of clients in the life sciences and healthcare industries.  She also leverages her knowledge of artificial intelligence governance frameworks and policies to counsel clients regarding AI governance, best practices, and potential risks associated with machine learning and other predictive learning technologies. 


Prior to joining King & Spalding, she was a senior litigation counsel at a global technology and defense company, where she managed all facets of a diverse docket of complex litigation and other disputes. In her in-house position she also worked closely with a cross-functional team of engineers and data scientists to develop and operationalize an artificial intelligence (AI) governance framework for the corporate enterprise.


Tamra also has significant public sector experience.  She spent more than a decade as a senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, where she defended the United States and its federal agencies in challenges to federal regulations, policies, and programs of significant.  She also has served as senior counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and as staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.


Earlier in her career, Tamra served as a law clerk to the Hon. Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and as a law clerk to the Hon. Ronald R. Lagueux of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  She is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Brown University.

Alka is a product and technology leader who has built and  launched over 100+ Wireless, Cloud & Conversational AI products working with startups and Fortune 500 companies and is the founder of RI Labs and The Responsible Innovation Project where she works with global leaders, researchers and founders to build a framework and lens for  navigating  emerging tech and innovation responsibly and with delight. Her framework has been covered by Forbes and her online courses on Ethics in AI & Data Science and 5G & AI for the Linux Foundation have been accessed globally in over 48 (verify) regions. She has taught  Responsible Innovation for Entrepreneurs, Tech Makers & Business Leaders at University of Berkeley, holds patents for policy and security frameworks, mentors extensively and has served on advisory boards for startups, industry groups and nonprofits. 


In addition to Computer Science & Electrical Engineering degree, Alka also holds an MFA in creative writing & literature, dabbles in poetry and dance and is a recipient of the Rising Star, National Women of Color in Technology Outstanding Contribution Award and was named 2022 Top 100 Women in AI & Ethics. Two questions preoccupy her: How will we design our future? And how will that design, design us?

As policy counsel for NetChoice, Jennifer analyzes technology-related legislative issues at both the state and federal level. Her portfolio and research interest include issues related to data privacy, antitrust, online content moderation including Section 230, transportation innovation, and the regulatory state. She is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.


Before joining NetChoice, Jennifer served as the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy for the American Action Forum and a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center. Her academic writing has been published in the Colorado Technology Law Journal, the Oklahoma Law Review, and the George Mason University Law Review. She has appeared on CNBCFoxBusiness, and CSPAN as well as local television and radio outlets to discuss technology-related issues and her opinion commentary has appeared in a wide-range of outlets including SlateMorning Consult, the Chicago Tribune, and Business Insider. She has also testified before Congress and state legislatures.


Jennifer Huddleston has a BA in political science from Wellesley College and a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Dr. Mistale Taylor is Counsel at Public International Law & Policy Group and an Associate Research Manager at Trilateral Research.  She conducts research into emerging technologies as they relate to law, ethics, and society.  Her areas of interest include public international law, international human rights law, and data protection law.  Mistale is an Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College in Brussels, where she teaches IT law and public international law.  She is also a Fellow of the academic research center the Brussels Privacy Hub. In 2018, she defended her PhD, entitled Transatlantic Jurisdictional Conflicts in Data Protection Law: How the Fundamental Right to Data Protection Conditions the European Union’s Exercise of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, at Utrecht University. 

Neil Chilson is a lawyer, computer scientist, and author of the recent book, “Getting Out of Control: Emergent Leadership in a Complex World.” As Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at Stand Together, he guides efforts to understand and promote the legal and cultural paradigms that best enable people to discover, innovate, and improve all our lives.

Neil is the former Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, where he focused on the economics of privacy and blockchain-related issues. Previously, he was an attorney advisor to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, or other FTC proceeding since January 2014. Neil joined the FTC from telecom firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer.


Neil is frequently quoted by the press and his work has appeared in numerous news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USAToday, and Newsweek.

Neil has a J.D. from The George Washington Law School, a M.S. in computer science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in computer science from Harding University.

Chris Frascella is EPIC’s Law Fellow in Telephone Subscriber Privacy. His work focuses on robocalls and data brokers. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was Senior Notes Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal and was instrumental to GWU joining the Public Interest Technology University Network. During law school, Chris interned at several consumer protection agencies, as well as at the DOJ’s Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy & Social Policy from American University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University.