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UCL Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics, Annual Colloquium

Competition in Digital Media and the Internet: The Related Roles of Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Regulation (7 July 2010)

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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We are delighted to present the 2010 Jevons Colloquium which will be devoted to Competition in Digital Media and the Internet - The Related Roles of Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Regulation on Wednesday 7 July 2010, 9 - 5pm

About the conference:
This sector is going through change at an unprecedented pace. Traditional business are challenged, new market forces are emerging and consumer behaviour is changing and adapting to a novel setting.This creates a complex set of interrelated issues which range from analysis of market power, to data protection and privacy, incentivising content and infrastructure investment and innovation but, at the same time, protecting consumers.

The 2010 Jevons Colloquium will bring together head of authorities, senior enforcers, business representatives. academics, and the leading experts from the EU and US to discuss this set of issues.  Joaquin Almunia, the EU Competition Commissioner will open the Colloquium and start the debate with John Fingleton, OFT's Chief Executive, Willard K Tom, General Counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission and other senior authority heads and business figures.  Ed Richards, Ofcom's Chief Executive, will give a key note address. 

The Colloquium will feature a number of other senior enforcers and leading experts including:  Per Hellstrom of DG Competition at the European Commission; Thibaud Vergé, Chief Economist at the French Competition Authority, Heather Clayton, Senior Director of OFT and responsible for the OFT recent study on online targeting; Jon Baker, Professor at the American University; Andrea Coscelli, Director of Competition Economics at Ofcom, and Pamela Harbour, former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.

It is a rich and full programme but we hope that there will be time for debate. 

Antonio Bavasso and David Evans
Executive Directors, Jevons Institute, University College London 


6 CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. 

The Programme 

7 JULY 2010



David Evans, UCL and University of Chicago

  • What are the business models behind the behaviour of the major players?
  • How does the increasingly pervasive presence of Internet-based options alter competition among businesses
  • Are problems emerging, is it too early to worry, and can we count on the competitive process?

Keynote address: 
Joaquin Almunia, Competition Commissioner (European Commission)

A discussion on key business and regulatory issues
moderated by Sir Christopher Bellamy (Linklaters) 

  • John Fingleton, Chief Executive (OFT), 
  • Willard K Tom, General Counsel (Federal Trade Commission)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:15 Mergers and Antitrust:
Chair: Antonio Bavasso, UCL and Allen & Overy

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Per Hellstrom (DG Comp)
  • Thomas Graf (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP)
  • Simon Baxter (Skadden Arp, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP) 
  • Thibaud Vergé, Chief Economist (French Autorité de la Concurrence)

Topics covered:

  • What are the key issues in analyzing market definition and power?
  • What are the lessons from Internet-mergers to date?
  • What if any special issues are raised by Internet distribution?
  • How if at all does the fact that many Internet products are free affect antitrust analysis?
  • What is the role of two-sided market antitrust?
  • Can antitrust provide an effective oversights against risk of algorithm manipulation?
  • Can antitrust strike a balance in relation to behaviour of companies with different business models and incentives? 

Lunch keynote:
With Ed Richards, Chief Executive (Ofcom)

13:00 LUNCH

Online targeting of advertising, use of data and consumer protection:
Chair: Willard K Tom, General Counsel  (Federal Trade Commission)

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Heather Clayton, Senior Director (OFT),
  • Mark Armstrong (UCL, Economics)

Topics covered:

  • OFT Study on online targeting http://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/markets-work/current/online-targeting
  • What consumer protection issues are raised by the collection and sale of consumer data?
  • Who deals with these issues and how?
  • How do we strike the balance between innovation and consumer protection? 
15:15 Tea Break

A debate on the Intersections:
Chair:  David Evans, UCL and University of Chicago

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jon Baker, Professor of Law (American University)
  • Andrea Coscelli, Director of Competition Economics (Ofcom)
  • Pamela Harbour, Partner (Fulbright & Jaworsky) - former Commissioner (FTC) 
  • Jenine Hulsmann, Partner (Clifford Chance)

Topics covered:

  • Are regulations of media and communications firms outmoded as a result of the emergence of Internet-based competitors?
  • How should regulation and antitrust incentivize in new infrastructure
  • Investment in super-fast broadband (the interaction between market-led investment, SMP regulations that can facilitate infrastructure investment and public subsidies)
  • Investment in next generation mobile networks (role of Art. 101 (3) in reviewing network-sharing agreements between competitors and spectrum management policy)
  • How should antitrust policy be adjusted in light of regulation?
  • Can and should antitrust consider privacy and data issues?
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When & Where

BMA House
Tavistock Square
WC1H 9JP London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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