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Research seminar

The False Choice between Digital Regulation and Innovation

Add to calendar 2023-11-24 10:00 2023-11-24 12:00 Europe/Rome The False Choice between Digital Regulation and Innovation Sala del Capitolo (Badia) and Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


24 November 2023

10:00 - 12:00 CET


Sala del Capitolo (Badia) and Zoom

At this event Professor Anu Bradford (Columbia Law School) will present her new paper titled 'The False Choice between Digital Regulation and Innovation'.

There is a common view that more stringent regulation of the digital economy inevitably compromises innovation and undermines technological progress. This view has shaped the public discourse in the United States, where the country's thriving tech economy is often associated with a staunch commitment to free markets. The European Union has chosen another path, regulating the digital economy with stringent data privacy, antitrust, content moderation, and other digital regulations. According to the EU’s critics, this far-reaching tech regulation has come at the cost of innovation, explaining the EU's inability to nurture tech companies and compete with the US and China in the tech race. However, this project argues that the existing technological gap between the US and the EU should not be attributed to the laxity of American laws and the stringency of European digital regulation. Instead, it shows there are more foundational features of the American legal and technological ecosystem that have paved the way for US tech companies' rise to global prominence—features that the EU has not been able to replicate to date. By severing tech regulation from its allegedly adverse effect on innovation, this project seeks to advance a more productive scholarly conversation on the costs and benefits of digital regulation. It also directs governments deliberating tech policy away from a false choice between regulation and innovation while drawing their attention to a broader set of legal and institutional reforms that are necessary for tech companies to innovate and for digital economies and societies to thrive.

This event will be followed by a cocktail. Please note that the event is now closed for the registration.

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