Dina Hilal Srinivasan
Researcher and counsel
Dina Srinivasan is a researcher, lawyer, and entrepreneur. She’s also a Fellow with the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University. Most recently, Ms. Srinivasan’s research and economic analysis of new, tech markets provided the foundation for government enforcement of antitrust laws against two of the largest market cap companies in the world. Her 2020 research, “Why Google Dominates Advertising Markets: Competition Policy Should Lean on the Principles of Financial Market Regulation“, explains how Google distorts electronically traded ad markets by engaging in conduct that lawmakers normally prohibit (e.g., conduct analogous to insider trading and front running). Her research instigated a shift in the House and Senate and a coalition of U.S. States subsequently filed suit against the company relying on the architecture of Ms. Srinivasan’s thinking. “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook”, published in 2019, laid out the correlation between privacy and economics. Congress called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation; and in 2020, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of 48 Attorneys General filed actions against Facebook. She’s been profiled by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her research and commentary on tech and competition are regularly covered in the domestic and global media. Previously, Ms. Srinivasan founded an ad technology company whose technology was acquired by a division of WPP, Kantar Media SRDS (NASDAQ). She spent four years as an executive at WPP. In the late 1990s, she founded iMSGu, a text messaging platform that allowed users to send messages across different mobile spectrum networks (CDMA, TDMA, GSM); the company folded in 2002. Ms. Srinivasan holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she studied law & economics and was an Olin Fellow with the Kauffman Program in Law, Economics and Entrepreneurship. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their four children.