What is a digital platform economy and what are its key policy implications from a European perspective? Welcome to the launch of the report ”Developing Platform Economies”.

Platforms enable a great number of new, rationalized ways of organizing society; but they are also based in an element of control since users are forced to adapt their actions to computer programming. This report on Developing Platform Economies – authored by researchers in the fields of economy, media and law – defines, scrutinizes and draws empirically based policy-recommendations for a European context, particularly in comparison to the US.

At the launch of this report we will regard how platform corporations develop onto this new market, what implications this have on European innovation, existing market players and consumers, and how international regulations can adapt and undertake the economic benefits as well as the harmful effects and newly emerged vulnerabilities that may be built in to these infrastructures.

Day: Thursday 29th November 2018
Time: 8.00am-9.00am
Place: Fores Syd, Studio Meetingpoint, Nordenskiöldsgatan 24, Malmö


Coffee, breakfast, registration.

Introduction and Project Frame: What does a Data-Driven Platform Society Mean?
Stefan Larsson, Head of Digital Society at Fores, and report co-editor. Lawyer, PhD in sociology of law and Associate Professor at Lund University.

Multi-sided Platform Economies and Digitalization: Old Business Model Boosted by New Tech
Joakim Wernberg, PhD in economic geography, Research Director of the Megatrends programme at the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.

Two Policy Landscapes: The Regulation of Digital Platforms in the EU and the US.
Jonas Andersson Schwarz, Associate Professor in media & communication studies at Södertörn University.

Commentator Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, PhD in political science and Senior Lecturer in European Studies at Lund University, sums up main points and addresses key recommendations in dialogue with presenters.

The seminar ends.


Read more about the report here.


Watch the seminar here.

This seminar is a collaboration between European Liberal Forum and Fores