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On 15 December 2020, more than 20 years after the e-Commerce Directive came into force, the European Commission unveiled its proposals for 2 landmark regulations for the digital realm – the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). With this legislation, the EC seeks to create a level playing field for digital companies, while securing the fundamental rights of all end users. All providers who offer digital services in the Single Market will have to comply with the new rules, ensuring transparency and a common approach when dealing with illegal content. What could be the unforeseen repercussions of these two regulations and how could they be implemented in real life? Could stricter and more binding rules for large companies lead to disadvantages in the relevant market? How can they foster more innovation in a real market context? Has the threat of overregulation been avoided?
Lauren Mason, Projects Coordinator, European Liberal Forum
Beatriz Ríos, EU Affairs reporter
Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and Director, ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation
Giulia Pastorella, PhD, EU Government Relations Director, ZOOM
Jan Penfrat, Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (EDRi)