Threat or Opportunity? Cultural Diversity in the Era of Digital Platforms in the EU

Quadern del Cac, 43, 17-28. ISSN (online): 2014-2242

12 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2017

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Katharina Hoelck

Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center - IMEC - SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Heritiana Ranaivoson

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - IBBT-SMIT

Date Written: May 24, 2017

Abstract

Digitization results in decisive changes in the value chains of the cultural sectors. The provision and distribution of cultural goods is increasingly organized through over-the-top (OTT) platforms. This leads to the question of how the increasing dominance of platforms impacts the diversity of cultural goods. In interviews with industry experts the tensions arising from the increasing domination of platforms in the sector are explored and its potential impact on the diversity of produced and consumed cultural goods outlined. The paper concludes that additional regulatory measures are needed to protect cultural diversity in the age of digital platforms.

Keywords: Platforms, two-sided markets, cultural diversity, cultural goods, cultural industries

JEL Classification: O330, O400

Suggested Citation

Hoelck, Katharina and Ranaivoson, Heritiana, Threat or Opportunity? Cultural Diversity in the Era of Digital Platforms in the EU (May 24, 2017). Quadern del Cac, 43, 17-28. ISSN (online): 2014-2242, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035808 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3035808

Katharina Hoelck (Contact Author)

Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center - IMEC - SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel ( email )

Pleinlaan 9
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Heritiana Ranaivoson

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - IBBT-SMIT ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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