publication . Article . Research . 2021

The emergence of platform regulation in the UK: an empirical-legal study

Kretschmer, Martin; Furgał, Ula; Schlesinger, Philip;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Jun 2021 Journal: SSRN Electronic Journal (eissn: 1556-5068, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Platforms have emerged as a new kind of regulatory object over a short period of time. There is accelerating global regulatory competition to conceptualise and govern online platforms in response to social, economic and political discontent – articulated in terms such as ‘fake news’, ‘online harms’ or ‘dark patterns’. In this paper, we empirically map the emergence of the regulatory field of platform regulation in the UK. We focus on the 18-month period between September 2018 and February 2020 which saw an upsurge of regulatory activism. Through a legal-empirical content analysis of eight official reports issued by the UK government, parliamentary committees and...
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