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Insights and impacts of the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Event

February 2019, Sydney


On Monday 11 February 2019 the IIC’s Australian Chapter hosted a sold-out event in Sydney focusing on discussion about the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry Preliminary Report.

More than 80 attendees heard a range of guest speakers address issues including keynote, Rod Sims, ACCC Chair.

The panels on ‘Competition in media and advertising services market ‘ and ‘Impact of Digital Platforms on the supply of news and journalist content and implications for media content creators, advertisers and consumers’ also included representatives from Facebook, NewsCorp, ACCC, Clifford Chance, the Consumer Policy Research Centre, FreeTV Australia, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, the Centre for Media Transition, the ACMA and the Communications Council.

In his presentation Mr Sims covered four key pressing issues for Australia’s media industry including: news and journalism as a public good; the many impacts of digital platforms on news and journalism; the interlinked issues including market power, advertising, news and journalism, consumer data and privacy protection; and preliminary recommendations.

Of these preliminary recommendations the three he identified that are most relevant to the media sector and news and journalism include: increased regulatory oversight of the ranking practices of digital platforms in relation to news and journalistic content; a separate independent review by government to design a regulatory framework to consistently regulate the conduct of all entities which perform comparable media functions; and a mandatory standard (to be determined by the ACMA) involving improved take down procedures by digital platforms in relation to copyright infringing content.

You can read the full speech here: ‘Insights and impacts of the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry’, Rod Sims, Chairman, ACCC.

The event was held to promote discussion and insight in the lead up to the 15 February 2019 deadline for submissions to the preliminary report. It was kindly hosted by Clifford Chance and Holding Redlich was also involved in the organisation and co-ordination of the event.

More information is available on the Australia website.








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