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Competition in digital markets and the digital advertising sector

Morning, Tuesday, 29th September 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will consider the way forward for UK policy and regulation in supporting a vibrant digital economy that works for the sector, consumers and the wider economy.

It follows the Government’s acceptance-in-principle of the proposal of a new Digital Markets Unit to address competition issues in the digital space put forward in last year’s Furman Review

We expect discussion on the way forward implementation and options for the new unit’s remit and powers.

Key areas for discussion:

  • Implementing the Furman Review proposal of a new Digital Markets Unit to address competition issues
  • Policy and regulatory developments taking place internationally and the impact of these developments on:
    • digital markets in the UK
    • international engagement and coordination of regulatory initiatives
  • The evolving role of and regulatory tools available to the CMA and their priorities as the UK negotiates its future trading relationship with the EU
  • The future of the digital economy market including:
  • key trends in M&A - the impact on competition, consumer choice and pace of innovation of acquisition of tech start-ups by larger online platforms and big tech companies
  • the barriers to entry faced by prospective market entrants
  • the digital advertising market, including how consumer data is collected and handled - and the impact of many of the large companies owning companies along the value chain

Why this is relevant: the context:

As well as the Furman Review, the discussion takes place with:

The agenda:

  • Competition and regulation in the digital space - the current state of play and key developments
  • Addressing competition issues in digital markets - innovation, consumer benefit, and the future regulatory framework
  • Key regulatory priorities - the evolving role of the CMA in taking forward the digital markets strategy
  • Increasing opportunities for international cooperation
  • Competition in digital advertising - the market position of online platforms, the impact of consolidation in the value chain, and the utilisation and handling of consumer data
  • Next steps for policy - international engagement, developing the digital markets unit, and taking forward the review of online advertising regulation

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This conference looks no different. Places have been reserved by officials from the Competition & Markets Authority; the DCMS; the DWP; the Government Legal Department; the Government Legal Profession and the National Audit Office.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Tim Cowen

Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co

Keynote Speakers

Tim Cowen

Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co

Gavin Knott

Director, Remedies, Business and Financial Analysis, Competition and Markets Authority

Senior speaker confirmed from DCMS


Dean Russell MP

Acting Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Identity

Lord McInnes of Kilwinning

Member, House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee


Emily Clark

Chief Economist, BT

Stephen Woodford

Chief Executive Officer, Advertising Association

Rocio Concha

Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Insight, Which?

Stephen Dunne

Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Stephen Williams

Vice President, Global Competition Team, Barclays

Raegan MacDonald

Head of EU Public Policy, Mozilla