New platform regulation research gets first airing

Together with his CREATe colleagues Martin Kretschmer and Ula Furgal, CCPR’s Philip Schlesinger presented new research on the regulation of internet platforms at a half-day conference that also dealt with new research on intellectual property litigation. Held on 26 February 2020 at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, the event attracted professional lawyers, regulators, government officials and academics.

The research team, whose project is part of the AHRC-funded Creative Industry Policy and Evidence Centre’s (PEC) programme of work, presented their analysis of the complex regulatory landscape in the UK, setting out the scope of the ‘harms and issues’ agenda that has crystallised in official discourse, notably in the past eighteen months. The complex nature of the UK’s regulatory field was also analysed. In conclusion, the team considered upcoming challenges to regulation, taking into account both its global dimensions and the implications of Brexit. In a panel discussion that followed, colleagues from Ofcom, the CMA, ICO, IPO and CDEI – all agencies concerned with platform regulation – set out their own positions and commented on the research presented, in a very welcome and thoughtful engagement. More details will follow.

First published: 28 February 2020

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