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13.00   Registration and Lunch


Gibson Dunn 130 x 13  Lunch hosted by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


13.45   Welcome
     Andrea Millwood Hargrave
     Director General, International Institute of Communications

     Michel Van Bellinghen
     Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)


14:00 SESSION 1: Content Futures: Part 1 - Future Regulation of the Content Market

  • Market developments: What is the effect of changes in content production and distribution?
  • Disrupted revenue flows and new business models
  • European works and prominence
  • Implementation of the revised AVMSD

Laura Sboarina, Principal Analyst, Cullen International

Panellists include:
Prof. Augusto Preta, General Manager, IT Media Consulting, Italy; Chairman, IIC Italian Chapter, International Institute of Communications

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Julia Smetana, Head of European Regulatory and Public Affairs, Nordic Entertainment Group, AB

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Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Chairperson, European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)
Anna Herold, Head of Unit, Audiovisual and Media Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission

15:30     Refreshments 

15:45 SESSION 2: Content Futures: Part 2 - Policy and regulation in an era of disinformation and fake news

  • Update from European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation
  • Independence of (public service) broadcasting in the era of disinformation
  • Media plurality and consolidation
  • Consumer protection, Protection of minors, labelling
Grégoire Polad, Director General, Association of Commercial Television in Europe, Belgium
Panellists include:
Paolo Cesarini, Head of Unit I4, Media Convergence and Social Media, Directorate-General Connect, European Commission
Prof. dr. Madeleine de Cock Buning, Chairman of The Board, Commissariaat voor de Media, The Netherlands

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Ľuboš Kukliš, Chief Executive, Council for Broadcasting & Retransmission of Slovakia; Chair European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)

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Marie Helly, Head of BBC World Service Group’s “Beyond Fake News”

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Stephen Adshead, Associate, Plum Consulting 

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Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Introduced by Francesco Liberatore, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP; Chair, IIC Brussels Chapter


17:45     Drinks reception

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08.45    Registration

09.00    Welcome
             Andrea Millwood Hargrave
      Director General, International Institute of Communications

09.15    Keynote
             Dr Carl-Christian Buhr, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Gabriel, Digital Economy and Society, European Commission



09:30 SESSION 3: Big Tech / Telco Futures: Part 1 - the next phase of the Internet age: reopening the eCommerce Directive and (re-) reforming copyright?

  • Is the principle of mere conduit / liability exemption still fit for purpose? If not, what are the dangers / challenges if the exemption / mere conduit is removed?
  • Imbalances in regulating different parts of the value chain
  • Will the latest copyright reform allow digital innovation – or are we likely to face years of constant wrangling?
  • Taking the end of geoblocking to the next level

Jack Hamande, Member of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Panellists include:
Mathieu Moreuil, Director of International Football Relations and EU Affairs, English Premier League
David Wheeldon, Group Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Sky
Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex, UK
Elin Nolsøe Nielsen, Head of EU Affairs, Orange
Irene Roche Laguna, Deputy Head of Unit - Implementation of Regulatory Framework, DG CONNECT, European Commission

11:00     Refreshments


11:15 SESSION 4: Big Tech / Telco Futures: Part 2 - The EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC) – objectives, implications, implementation

  • As we enter the implementation phase, what are the priorities and challenges at a national level?
    • promotion of investment in very high capacity networks, such as optical fibre and 5G, approaches to spectrum licensing, and state aid for broadband
    • impact of the data economy / data aggregation on the transposition of the EECC
    • promotion of infrastructure based competition
    • protection of consumers
    • development of the internal market across the EEA
  • How closely aligned are the ambitions of politicians and the practicalities of institutional response by national and European regulators?

Felipe Flórez Duncan, Partner, Oxera

Panellists include:
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, Ofcom, UK
Lisa Felton, Head of Data, Services and Consumer Regulation , Vodafone
Mirela Doicu, Director Government Relations and Public Affairs, Nokia
Harald Gruber, Head of Digital Infrastructure Division, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank


12:45     Lunch

ICANNLunch hosted by ICANN


13:30 SESSION 5: Big Tech / Telco Futures: Part 3 - Antitrust, merger control and sector regulation to promote competition in the data-driven erA

  • In the era of the digital economy, the importance of data is ever increasing and offers new opportunities, but also challenges, to consumers, businesses, regulators and competition authorities alike. Are existing merger, antitrust and regulatory tools effective in meeting these opportunities and challenges?
  • Apps, device openness, freedom of choice and transparency. Is consumer empowerment dead? Do we need nudge regulation?
  • Update on recent initiatives which analyse the challenges posed by data, thereby ensuring that competition policy remains relevant and effective in dealing with them
  • What changes may be needed to the existing antitrust and regulatory frameworks?

Monica Ariño, Director Regulatory Affairs, BT Group

Panellists include:
Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)

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Sebastien Soriano, Chairman, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France
Nicholas Blades, Director - Regulation, Competition & Data Policy, Telefonica

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Dr Stephen Unger, Senior Advisor, Flint Global, UK


15:00     Refreshments


15:15 SESSION 6: The Future - Changing of the guard: Priorities for the next Commission

  • What do stakeholders think the new administrations should prioritise?
    • Do we need new rules addressing Artificial Intelligence?
    • Closing the gaps in EU cybersecurity
  • Global regulatory convergence and the trend towards extra territoriality: who will set the regulatory standards for ICT worldwide?
  • The future for digital innovation in Europe – is there a need for industrial policy to promote the growth of large European global players to compete with Chinese and US firms?

Jean-Jacques Sahel, Managing Director Brussels Office, & Vice-President, Europe And Global Civil Society Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN; Chairman, UK Chapter, International Institute Of Communications

Panellists include:
Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
Axel Desmedt, Member of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)
Rosa Barcelo, Partner and Deputy Co-Chair, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs
Anthony Whelan, Director of Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG CONNECT, European Commission

16:30     Closing remarks

16:40     Close of forum


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