On the Agenda 6 – Keeping Pace with the Platform Economy


Companies in Europe have become familiar with the use of predictive analysis, big data, and algorithm-based systems. But issues related to the transparency and credibility of the providers involved in the platform sector persist.

The 2019 regulation on “promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services” was an important step towards regularisation of the platforms. Drawing up regulations for transnational services providers is the key to also channel external providers to comply with European standards. In this context, what is the right balance between regulation and innovation?

On the Agenda is a series of webinars organised by the European Liberal Forum where renowned speakers are debating the hottest topics on –and off- the leaders’ agenda, always with a liberal take.

Why this topic?

The self-determination of platforms started in the USA several years ago, when a few large expanding companies absorbed other smaller providers. For years, the approach to platform regulations followed a policy of laissez-faire, introducing sectoral rules, but without any indication on how or what to regulate. Since the flow of information online is practically uncontrollable, many states imposed real barriers to market entry, but in fact without contributing to regulation.

In Europe, as in the rest of the world, the massive use of the network has resulted in the emergence of new market sectors and professions while the business linked to service platforms is constantly expanding, contributing to the process of European digitization.

Time: 09:30-10:30 (CEST)

Speakers include:
Teresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell, Associate Professor of Commercial Law, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Member of the Expert Group to the EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy
Stefan Larsson, Senior researcher and Head of Digital Society Program, FORES

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