The Complex Relationship between Web2 Giants and Web3 Projects

Computer Law & Security Review (2023)

Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute Working Paper #1-2023

12 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2023 Last revised: 15 Jul 2023

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Thibault Schrepel

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Stanford University's Codex Center; University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Date Written: January 10, 2023

Abstract

Web2 giants and Web3 projects entertain a complex relationship. They cooperate to maximize their chances of survival, yet they also compete through a combination of dynamic factors and anti-competitive strategies. The present contribution untangles Web2 and Web3’s relationship, explores their distinct value propositions, and outlines what may be one of tomorrow’s enforcement priorities for antitrust agencies.

Keywords: Web3, Web2, Big Tech, Tech Giants, Blockchain, Antitrust, Competitive, Decentralization, GAFAM, Complexity Theory, Complexity Science

JEL Classification: K21, K2, K22, K23, K1, K29, D23, D21, D22, D29, C70, C71, C72, K24, K33, K42, K40, K41, L12, L14, L1

Suggested Citation

Schrepel, Thibault, The Complex Relationship between Web2 Giants and Web3 Projects (January 10, 2023). Computer Law & Security Review (2023), Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute Working Paper #1-2023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4284597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4284597

Thibault Schrepel (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

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Stanford University's Codex Center ( email )

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Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) ( email )

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