Media@Sydney Webinar: The Politics of Platform Market Regulation
The Politics of Platform Market Regulation
Digital communications sectors have undergone dramatic change in the last two decades, while policy governing them has lagged. This discordant pace between technological change and policy oversight often has worked to the benefit of the largest tech companies. Yet, in the last few years the public costs of platform business models, including unfettered data collection, market dominance, and control over speech flows, have become starkly apparent, and the search for policy solutions has acquired political urgency internationally. This talk traces the politics animating emerging forms of policy oversight of digital platforms, focusing on two questions. First, what are the political and economic forces shaping the articulation of these policy approaches? And second, do the emerging policy proposals address the problems they purport to solve? Drawing on policy expert interviews and document analysis, this presentation highlights both the clashing interests invested in these policy debates as well as the assumptions and blind spots that characterize them, ultimately yielding promising, but incomplete solutions.
Pawel Popiel is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His research examines how politics shapes the governance of digital media and emergent technologies, particularly in policy contexts where regulatory frameworks and jurisdictions become blurry or contested, such as competition in digital markets, privacy amid datafication, and speech in online spaces. His work has been published in journals like Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Digital Media & Policy, and Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.
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