10. Mai 2021

The Platform Economy and Europe: Between Regulation and Digital Geopolitics

Digital Humanism Lecture Series

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (17:00)

In this event of TU Vienna's Digital Humanism lecture series, Cristiano Codagnone and Paul Timmers will discuss the following issue: “The Platform Economy and Europe: Between Regulation and Digital Geopolitics”

Speaker: Cristiano Codagnone (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | Università degli studi di Milano)
Moderator: Paul Timmers (Oxford University, UK | European University, Cyprus)

Platforms represent a new structure for organising economic and social activities and appear as a hybrid between a market and a hierarchy. They are match makers like traditional markets, but they are also company heavy in assets and often quoted in the stock exchange. Platforms, therefore, are not simply technological corporations but a form of ‘quasi-infrastructure’. Indeed, in their coordination function, platforms are as much an institutional form as a means of innovation. Ever since the launch of the Digital Single Market in 2015, platforms have gone under the radar of the EU for different matter such as consumer protection in general, competition, and lately data protection. In addition to genuine policy concerns, the debate on platforms and on other digital transformation phenomena have gained higher political status in the form of the debate on digital and data sovereignty of Europe vis a vis the US and China. Platforms have also managed for some time to get away with regulation adopting a lobbying based on rhetorical framing. This has been revived during the Pandemic when dominant platforms extolled their data provided to government as an important tool to track and contain the spread of the virus.

In this seminar, besides discussing this more high level issue, I will also address more specific ones such as data protection, extraction of behavioral surplus, consumer protection, and competition issues. I conclude by comparing two different regulatory approach: the application of the precautionary principle as opposed to a cost-benefit assessment of intervention.

Short Bio of Cristiano Codagnone:
Cristiano Codagnone is Aggregate Professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Department of Communication Studies) and Researcher at Università degli studi di Milano (Department of Social and Political Sciences). In the course of his academic career he has served as civil servant at the United Nations (2003-2004) and at the European Union (2009-2011; 2015-2016). Since 2005 he has designed and conducted more than 70s applied policy research studies for international organisations, national and local governments, including experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations in varioius policy domains (consumers’ protection, healthcare, industrial policy, R&D policy, social and labour market policies, and in the domain of digital tranformation). His experience in applied policy research is reflected in the two books published in 2018: Scienza in vendita (Egea) and Platform Economics: Reality and Rethoric in the ‘Sharing Economy’ (Emerald Publishing). Codagnone mixed throughout his professional career an interest for high-level social and economic theory, empirical research, and for their practical and concrete applications. He is a public speakers and has been keynote speakers in various high level ministerial conferences and various other accademic and policy events.

Short Bio of Paul Timmers:
Prof Dr Paul Timmers is research associate at the University of Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute), professor at European University Cyprus and co-founder of the cybersecurity expertise centre Cyber.Cerides. He is also a visiting professor at Rijeka University, senior advisor to EPC Brussels, board member of Digital Enlightenment Forum and supervisory board member of the Estonian eGovernance Academy.
He has been Director at the European Commission dealing with EU legislation and funding for cybersecurity, e-ID, digital privacy, digital health, smart cities, e-government. He was also cabinet member of European Commissioner Liikanen and until recently advisor to the European Commission, DG SANTE on digital health. H worked as manager in a large ICT company and co-founded an ICT start-up. Paul holds a physics PhD from Nijmegen University, MBA from Warwick University, was awarded an EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, and obtained cybersecurity qualification at Harvard.

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