On 15 December 2020, the European Commission released its Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposals. The DSA seeks to establish new rules for the digital economy, to clarify the liability regime, and to provide additional consumer and citizen protections. Alongside this, the DMA seeks to introduce new ex-ante regulations on “gatekeeper” platforms, aiming to open up the playing field for further competition and innovation within Europe’s single market.
The second edition of this conference, delivered once again online, will gather more than 1500 stakeholders to discuss the proposals and will cover liability around content and goods, emerging competition rules, and the future of advertising online.
Registration is now open and FREE OF CHARGE.
Online content and whether the updated liability regime is fit for purpose;
Protecting consumers from counterfeit goods on online marketplaces;
The proposed DMA and whether the ex-ante regulations and definitions of “gatekeeper” platforms are sufficient;
Targeted advertising and transparency: giving more control to users.
Secretary of State for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications
Republic of France
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy,
Government of the Netherlands
Minister of Digital Affairs
Government of Poland
Rapporteur for the DSA Initiative, IMCO Committee
Director for the Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT
Cabinet Expert for Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager
Head of Unit, Digital Services and Platforms, DG CONNECT
Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Services and Platforms, DG CONNECT
Shadow Rapporteur for the DMA Initiative, IMCO Committee
Director, Markets and Cases II, Information, Communication and Media, DG COMP,
Rapporteur for the DSA Initiative, JURI Committee
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Head of Division - Legal Framework for Digital Services and Media Industry
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Director of Consumer Department
Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets
Associate General Counsel and Vice President
Brussels Bureau Chief
Wall Street Journal
Professor in Information Technology and Data Governance, University of Southampton, & Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta
Brussels Legal Reporter
Associate General Counsel & Head of Public Affairs
Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)
Senior Legal Officer and Digital Rights Team Leader
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09:00 - 09:45
Opening Keynote Session
Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Government of the Netherlands
Cédric O, Secretary of State for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Republic of France
Marek Zagórski, Minister of Digital Affairs, Government of Poland (pre-recorded intervention)
Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe
Session One | Responsibility and Online Content: Is the updated regime fit for purpose?
The DSA sets out a new liability regime for online platforms and seeks to establish improved conditions for the creation of a competitive, safe, and innovative single market. It includes new stipulations for online platforms to counter the spread of illegal content through transparency and traceability rules. It also places new obligations on the largest platforms to prevent the misuse of their systems for the protection of free speech and fundamental rights. This session will explore the impact that this new liability regime will have on intermediaries, on the activities of SMEs, and on the user experience. It will debate the extent to which the framework establishes the right conditions to create a fair, safe, innovative and competitive single market for digital services, in particular around content, in Europe.
Moderator: Dan Michaels, Brussels Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
Christel Schaldemose, MEP, Rapporteur for the DSA Initiative, IMCO Committee, European Parliament
Prabhat Agarwal, Head of Unit, Digital Services and Platforms, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Armin Jungbluth, Head of Division – Legal Framework for Digital Services, Media Industry, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Siada El Ramly, Director-General, DOT Europe
Claire Fernandez, Executive Director, EDRi
Session Two | Online Marketplaces: Promoting trade and protecting consumers
With the goal of further reinforcing integrity and trust in the digital ecosystem, the DSA proposals obligate platforms to make “reasonable efforts” to validate their business customers under the KYBC-principle. Platforms are to retain information about traders to support the tracking down of potential sellers of illegal goods or services and the platform should facilitate compliance with trading obligations to inform consumers and provide appropriate product safety information.
Moderator: Aoife White, Brussels Legal Reporter, Bloomberg News
Werner Stengg, Cabinet Expert for Executive Vice President Vestager, European Commission
Albert Liu, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Alibaba Group
Fabienne Weibel, Associate General Counsel & Head of Public Affairs, Chanel
Edwin van Houten, Director of Consumer Department, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets
12:15 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:15
Gerard de Graaf, Director, Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission
13:15 - 14:30
Session 3 | The Digital Markets Act: Do the proposals work?
This session will discuss the scope of the DMA and the criteria by which it qualifies gatekeepers. It will look at the impact the proposed rules will have on competition in Europe, on existing and emergent business models and will look at the extent to which the European Commission, as the enforcement body, will be resourced to provide the advice, consultation supervision and ultimate implementation of the rules in the coming years.
Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe & Founder, Encompass
Evelyne Gebhardt, MEP, Shadow Rapporteur for the DMA Initiative, IMCO Committee, European Parliament
Guillaume Loriot, Director, Markets and Cases II, Information, Communication and Media, DG COMP, European Commission
Kyle Andeer, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Compliance Law, Apple
Richard Feasey, Senior Adviser, CERRE
Christophe Roy, Chairman of the Board, Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)
14:30 - 15:45
Session 4 | Online Advertising and User Control: Striking the right balance
Transparency is a recurring principle throughout both the DSA and the DMA, and this is particularly relevant when considering targeted advertisements, which remain an integral part of the business model for many content hosting platforms. The proposals introduce measures concerning increased transparency around recommender algorithms, ad pricing, publisher remuneration, and improved access to performance measuring tools and systems.
Both the DSA and the DMA will seek to address issues around profiling practices, micro-targeting, personalised and political advertising. What is eventually agreed will have significant consequences for online business models, for competition, the user experience, and freedom of speech and democracy. The Commission also anticipates that greater transparency and user choice will result in a reduction of harmful content online. It is therefore crucial for policymakers to get the rules governing online advertising right to create a framework that mitigates risks while encouraging innovation and competition.
Moderator: J. Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow, Bruegel
Tiemo Wölken, MEP, JURI Committee, European Parliament
Irene Roche Laguna, Deputy Head of Unit, Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Services and Platforms, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon, Professor in Information Technology and Data Governance, University of Southampton, & Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta
Townsend Feehan, CEO, IAB Europe
David Martín, Senior Legal Officer and Digital Rights Team Leader, BEUC
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