Global Digital Market Group Meeting: Competition Policy in the Age of ‘Big Data’

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Date(s) - 24/04/2018
12:00 - 14:00

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GLOBAL DIGITAL MARKET GROUP
TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018

COMPETITION POLICY IN THE AGE OF ‘BIG DATA’

 

The next meeting of the Global Digital Market Group will take place on Tuesday 24th April, 1200 to 1400 hours in Central London.

The main purpose of the meeting is to follow up on suggested solutions for overcoming barriers to building 5G in the UK, and how we can help DCMS in achieving its policy objectives. We are therefore delighted to welcome to the meeting Louise Lancaster, Policy Adviser for 5G, and her colleague Gareth Holvey, who also works on 5G policy at DCMS.

At the last meeting a range of examples were given where attention to the effectiveness of competition policy is needed, and the question of why we are regulating social media differently from offline media was raised. In reply to a recent question in Parliament as to why the Government is still pursuing a model of voluntary codes for social media when they have already demonstrably failed, Secretary of State Matt Hancock stated “we have made it extremely clear that we are prepared to legislate further if that is necessary. … We have shown, and made the case, over the past year that this wild west free-for-all of the internet companies must come to an end, and this is a turning point.”

Another major issue covered by DCMS is the combination of telecoms, IT and IoT, and the deployment of AI. Some idea of how all this is developing is the recent statement by Secretary of State Matt Hancock in reply to a Parliamentary question: “It is increasingly clear that we need a new settlement with these big tech companies.” https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-03-22/debates/46F822E1-55E2-467C-A0DE-30F9AFA9A0C9/TopicalQuestions

Please email [email protected] to register your attendance. Room capacity is limited, and a ‘first come, first served’ policy will therefore be adopted.

This meeting is for DPA members and registered observers only.  If you are interested in becoming a member we would welcome your attendance as a taster, but before any further participation, you would then need to join us.  More details are available at: https://dpalliance.org.uk/join-us/.