Policy Brief: The regulation of online platforms: Mapping an emergent regulatory field

Kretschmer, M. , Furgał, U. and Schlesinger, P. (2021) Policy Brief: The regulation of online platforms: Mapping an emergent regulatory field. Other. Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre.

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Publisher's URL: https://www.pec.ac.uk/policy-briefings/the-regulation-of-online-platforms-mapping-an-emergent-regulatory-field

Abstract

This policy brief is designed to accompany the Discussion Paper,The Emergence of Platform Regulation in the UK: an Empirical-Legal Study. Both this brief and the Discussion Paper will be vital reading for policymakers, regulators, and industry representatives. It is the first attempt at mapping the digital platform regulatory landscape, creating a taxonomy of 80 distinct online harms, eight areas of law that need to considered by regulators, nine different agencies who are responsible for regulation, and a diverse range of different regulatory tools that can be used and policy levers that can be pulled. Through an analysis of 8 different UK government reports, issued over an 18 month period, researchers have found that policymakers are focusing on two key areas, Online Harms and Competition. US multinationals - Google and Facebook in particular - have captured regulators’ attention, and they dominate references in the official literature. The authors consider some of the outcomes for the UK’s regulatory authorities, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the UK’s multi-agency approach, splitting responsibility among multiple department and arms length bodies.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Other)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kretschmer, Professor Martin and Furgal, Dr Ula and Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Authors: Kretschmer, M., Furgał, U., and Schlesinger, P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303123Centre of Excellence for Policy and Evidence in the Creative Industries (PEC)Martin KretschmerArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/S001298/1CREATe