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SNRF 2019

Key Discussion Themes

Redesigning regulation for THE global communications ecosystem

The case for trans-sector regulation

Redesigning regulation for the global digital ecosystem: Regulatory policy across sectors

  • Balancing privacy, innovation and competition – which regulator?
  • Platform regulation as the future?
    • Rules or principles? Which models work best for developing industries?
  • Models for collaboration where digitalisation impacts industries regulated by various policies/regulations
    • Addressing areas of overlap with non-TMT sectors e.g. fintech, healthcare
  • Keeping up with continual developments in technology and commercial practices– what regulatory tools are there? What is needed?

Crossing borders and traversing jurisdictions

Redesigning regulation for the global digital ecosystem: crossing borders and traversing jurisdictions

  • What are the objects of communications regulation – has that changed?
  • What are the challenges created by communications services that cross borders, and what are some of the remedies?
    • Issues around data localisation
    • National/regional/global concerns and solutions
  • Models of collaboration
    • Ex ante and ex post approaches

Is there a need to adapt to respond to the  challenges of digitalisation?

Competition policy in the online world: Is there a need to adapt to respond to the  challenges of digitalisation?

  • Do ‘traditional’ market definitions stand in an online world?
  • Examining the challenge of platform dominance – a temporary issue created by dynamic markets?
  • Is the concept of consumer harm still valid in the online world?: E.g Search as an instrument of market power rather than an instrument of consumer choice and convenience?
  • Is net neutrality an issue for competition policy?
  • Collaboration between communications regulators and competition authorities

The communications regulator’s role for digital literacy

Critical issues for the democratic process: the communications regulator’s role for digital literacy

  • Case studies:  Experiences of regulatory authorities in the field of media and digital literacy
  • Harmful content (e.g. misinformation) and its impact on the democratic process
  • Protection of minors and vulnerable groups
  • Advertising and promotion – the role of ‘influencers’ and other modes of promotion
  • Copyright
  • Is there a role for public service broadcasters?

Creating the right market conditions for investment

Creating the right market conditions for investment

  • Stimulating demand for services: case studies
  • Financing infrastructure
    • State aid or PPP or the encouragement of private investment: who holds the purse strings?
  • The reality of ubiquitous coverage
    • White spaces
    • Integration of fixed and wireless
  • Critical infrastructure security: undersea cables and satellites or fibre?

Harmonisation and security in a global communications ecosystem

Harmonisation and security in a global communications ecosystem

  • Developing skillsets to counter security threats – the regulators’ role
  • Spam and malware
  • Security by design and preventing data theft – the communications regulator’s place in the process
  • Personal and industrial privacy: data regulations in a communications  regulator’s world?

 

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