Rise of the Internet Platforms: Economic Benefits and Policy Questions for Europe’s Digital Single Market

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 pm

An expert panel discussion on the role and influence of multisided Internet market platforms such as Facebook, Google, Spotify, and Uber, and the questions they raise for policymakers.

The role and influence of Internet platforms generally—and the prominence of some U.S. platforms in particular—has led to calls for greater regulation, or at least greater scrutiny by policymakers. Indeed, the European Commission is now undertaking a consultation (link is external) on the regulatory environment for Internet platforms and online intermediaries.

This panel will discuss how Internet platforms function, the economic value they create, and their marketplace dynamics in order to assess appropriate policy responses, particularly to questions of competition. ITIF President Rob Atkinson will present findings from a recent ITIF report on platform policy.


Paul MacDonnell
Head of European Policy at the Center for Data Innovation

Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo
Senior Associate

Stefano Quintarelli
Member of Parliament
Italian Parliament

Reinhilde Veugelers
Senior Fellow

Alexis Walckiers
Chief Economist
Belgian Competition Authority

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A video recording will be available following the event.