Online firms, such as Uber, Safaricom and Alibaba ,are providing new opportunities for businesses, workers and consumers while, at the same time, creating the risk of bringing up new divides, such as between large and small firms, offline and online workers, etc.
To enable inclusive and sustainable growth in the digital economy, policymakers need to develop new forms of regulations that address the following issues:
(i) Create a level the playing field between incumbents and new entrants
(ii) Remove regulatory uncertainty in sectors where both online and offline firms deliver the same services; and
(iii) Prevent the rise of digital monopolies.
A group of world-renowned experts—from public policy, the technology sector, academia and the development community—will debate the future of competition policy in the digital age. Panelists will share their views on how the race between technology and regulation is likely to play out in the future. The panel will discuss how policymakers can meet these challenges and sketch the main traits of new regulation models in the digital economy.
Vincenzo Spiezia, OECD
Eli Noam, Columbia Business School
Megan Richards, DG Connect
Sonia Jorge, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
Joseph Alhadeff, Oracle