UK Government Digital Competition Expert Panel - Public responses to call for evidence from individuals
Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen responding to the following questions
1. What are the emerging benefits and harms from digital markets such as social media, e-commerce, search, and online advertising tending towards only one or a small number of big firms?
2. What are the emerging benefits and harms of the same small number of digital firms becoming present across a broad range of digital markets?
3. What effect can the accumulation and concentration of data within a small number of big firms be expected to have on competition?
4. How can risks and detriment to consumers in products and services that are "free" to consumers (or paid for through their data) be assessed? And how could competition effects in other markets such as advertising be addressed?
5. How do technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning affect competition and what are their implications for competition policy? Does algorithmic pricing raise novel concerns about competition?
6. What is the appropriate approach to mergers and takeovers in digital markets - what are the key challenges and how should they be addressed?
7. What tools does competition policy need to deal with issues in the digital economy in a sufficiently timely, effective and far-sighted manner? To what extent are these in place in the UK?
8. What approaches are being considered and developed by governments and competition authorities in other major economies? What needs to be done