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EU antitrust chief turns to academics to help tackle tech challenges

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Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, is looking to three academics to help her deal with anti-competitive practices in fast-moving technology markets, reports Reuters. “Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic worry about the power of a few giant technology companies over businesses and users, with critics even calling for the rewriting of antitrust enforcement rules to make them more interventionist. Others, however, say enforcers have no business predicting how new technologies should develop and where and how they should be used. US Federal Trade Commission acting chairman Maureen Ohlhausen in a recent speech asked if enforcers were truly qualified to pick winners and losers in the modern economy.” Vestager said the three experts, appointed for a year, would summarise their views on the future challenges of digitisation in a report by the end of March 2019. “One example is how the reliance on data and artificial intelligence will further affect how companies operate and interact. Or, how customer experience is impacted by voice control.” The academics are Heike Schweitzer, managing director of the Institute for German and European Economic Law, Competition Law and Regulatory Law; Jacques Cremer, a former scientific director at the Toulouse School of Economics; and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, a lecturer at Imperial College London’s Data Science Institute and Department of Computing. Read more

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

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