San Francisco, CA
Digitization has become the means by which businesses increase productivity and spur innovation. The COVID-19 outbreak is accelerating the rise of the digital economy. The unprecedented growth of digital markets has also had disruptive effects in many economic sectors. How to protect consumers and foster innovation in the rapidly developing digital markets? In what ways does competition law interact with other legal regimes such as data protection and sector-specific regulations? What role can competition policy play in responding to the unique challenges in the age of digitalization and in shaping the competitive digital ecosystem? The debate on these questions has led to a prolific body of written work and research. This topically-themed edition is a small contribution to that body of distinct work, centering on digital platforms and their implications for competition law and policy.