Key Discussion Themes
Redesigning regulation for THE global communications ecosystem
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?
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
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
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
- Is there a role for public service broadcasters?
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
- 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?