Morning, Friday, 14th January 2022
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss the future of digital competition in the UK, with a particular focus on governmental and regulatory policy, its implementation and prospects, and the implications for businesses, innovation, and consumer choice.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Cora Govett, Deputy Director, Digital Markets and Tech Policy, DCMS, Will Hayter, Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority; and Louise Sheridan, Deputy Director, CDEI - as well as contributions from Oliver Bethell, Head of Competition, EMEA, Google, and Tim Cowen, Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co.
Building from the Furman Review, the conference takes place against the backdrop of a range of significant policy developments, including:
- the ongoing consultation on the Government’s proposals for a pro-competition regime for digital markets
- The Penrose Report - outlining options for promoting competition in the UK with a focus on consumer protection
- the Government’s overall Plan for Digital Regulation, aimed at governing digital technologies and creating a streamlined regulatory landscape
Discussion will focus on:
- the proposed role, remit, and powers of the Digital Markets Unit
- striking a balance between robust regulation and facilitating innovation
- policy priorities for encouraging dynamism in big tech companies
- developing a fair and transparent code of conduct for firms with Strategic Market Status
- ensuring market intervention promotes competition and facilitating new market entrants
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Cabinet Office; the Competition and Markets Authority; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Food Standards Agency; HM Treasury; the Home Office; and Ofcom. Also due to attend are representatives from Amazon; BBC; Entain; Fingleton; Linklaters; and Osborne Clarke.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from digital and social media platforms, consumer technology companies, digital advertising companies, data analytics companies, artificial intelligence and machine learning companies, other industry representatives from across the technology and digital sectors, competition lawyers and consultants with an interest in these topics, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, regulators, academics, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript 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