Regulating Internet Platforms in the EU: The Emergence of the ‘Level playing Field’

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This paper analyses the European Union's regulatory policy on platforms. The first part of the paper looks at the how the EU formulates platform policy while the second analyses the proposed and existing laws that already cover them. The final part looks at the consequences of the level playing field as the guiding regulatory principle. The main argument is that EU regulatory intervention concerning platforms seeks to bring linear providers in line with platforms through the "level playing field" or, in other words, that the EU seeks to protect the incumbents and minimise disruption rather than enhance the value-creating potential of platforms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Law & Security Review
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1215-1231
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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Published online: 17 September 2018


  • EU IT policy
  • EU internet law
  • platforms
  • EU telecoms law

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