The neo-regulation of internet platforms in the United Kingdom

Schlesinger, P. (2022) The neo-regulation of internet platforms in the United Kingdom. Policy and Internet, 14(1), pp. 47-62. (doi: 10.1002/poi3.288)

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In 2020, a new platform-regulatory model was initiated in the United Kingdom. The main focus of this article is on the development of the Digital Regulators Cooperation Forum (DRCF), set up to regulate the continually changing challenges posed by major platforms. The British model has drawn on UK competition regulation, collegial governance of international banking, and international ‘agile’ regulation debates. The backdrop to this ‘neo-regulatory' development has been Brexit (the UK's withdrawal from the European Union). In late 2021, for the first time, the DRCF became a serious focus of parliamentary scrutiny, with recommendations for reform. Assessment of its effectiveness now largely awaits the enactment of statutory powers by the UK Parliament regarding first, ‘online harms’, and second, the use of pro-competitive regulation in digital markets. Whether the DRCF's model will have exemplary appeal beyond the United Kingdom is an open question.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Authors: Schlesinger, P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Policy and Internet
ISSN (Online):1944-2866
Published Online:03 March 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Policy and Internet 14(1): 47-62
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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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