The expansion of the digital economy has raised contentious issues for regulators and policy-makers. From the taxation of digital companies to the new business models associated with platform capitalism, to artificial intelligence, automation and the accountability of algorithms, regulators and policy-makers now have to contend with a rapidly changing economic environment.

This panel discussion will reflect on current developments in the digital economy and their implications for policy. The event will bring together academics, policy-makers, civil society and industry. It will draw on the expertise of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) in the political economy of digital media and particularly on the work of Dr Mercedes Bunz on algorithms and automation, and of Dr Pieter Verdegem on Internet cooperatives.

Guest speakers include Paul Morton, Tax Director at the Office of Tax Simplification, who will speak about the differences between digital and traditional economy, the international tax system and related challenges, and Will Hayter, Project Director at the Competition and Markets Authority, who will address the regulation and effectiveness of digital comparison tools.

Guest speakers:

Will Hayter, Project Director, the Competition and Markets Authority

Paul Morton, Tax Director, the Office of Tax Simplification

CAMRI speakers:

Dr Mercedes Bunz, Senior Lecturer

Dr Pieter Verdegem, Senior Lecturer

Venue: Room C1.52 (Small Lecture Theatre), University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street.

Date and Time:
29 June, Thursday.

3–4.30 pm panel debate and discussion with the audience

4.30–6.00 pm networking drinks reception.

Please register via Eventbrite.