Upcoming expert group workshops and meetings

The Expert Group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy has a busy schedule this January. Between the 24th and the 27th of January 2022, the Expert Group will hold three half-day workshops covering the use of platform technologies in autocratic countries, the infrastructural power of platforms, and online advertising. On the 25th of January, the fourth virtual meeting of the Expert Group will take place.

On the 24th of January, the workshop on the use of platform technologies in autocratic countries will be chaired by Prof. Jens Prüfer. During the workshop Prof. Angela Huyue Zhang from the University of Hong Kong and Prof. Rogier Creemers from the University of Leiden will present their findings. The presentations will be followed by a general discussion.

The workshop on the infrastructural power of platforms will be chaired and moderated by Prof. Dr. Christoph Busch. Presentations will be held by Prof. Dr. Matthias Finger from the European University Institute, Prof. Dr. Philipp Staab from Humboldt University Berlin, and Einstein Center Digital Future and Dominik Piétron from Humboldt University Berlin.

On the 25th of January, the Expert Group will hold its fourth virtual meeting. The meeting participants will be welcomed by the Chair and by the Director for Digital Transformation in DG CNECT Mr Gerard de Graaf. The first half of the meeting will be dedicated to an overview of the state of play of the work streams’ work. Representatives of the work streams on the use of platform technologies in autocratic countries and the infrastructural power of platforms will present the conclusions of their workshops. Experts will also discuss the progress made by other work streams. In the second half of the meeting, the Expert Group will coordinate with the contractor of the support study.

Finally, the workshop on the 27th of January will be dedicated to online advertising. The opening remarks in the workshop will be made by Prof. Francesco Decarolis. For presentations, the floor will be given to Johnny Ryan (Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Open Markets Institute), Gianluca Binelli (Booster Box Digital), and Frederic Grelier (Weborama).

The agendas and minutes of the fourth Expert Group meeting and the workshops will be shared on the Observatory website next week.

Upcoming expert group workshops and meetings