New Directions in EU Policymaking on the Content Layer: Disruption and Law
19 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020
Date Written: April 29, 2020
This paper explores the gradual change of direction in the European digital policy on the content layer that took place after the introduction of the 2015 Digital Single Market Strategy. It argues that, while the main objectives of the pre-2015 policy have been the promotion and facilitation of the free movement of digital services through liberalisation, the post-2015 digital strategy changes direction to the defence against real and imagined sdxthreats and downplays the liberalising credo it was originally based on. The first part outlines the objectives of the EU digital policy pre-2015 and argues that low-key regulatory intervention in information society services and robust intermediary liability regime are its cornerstones. The second part explores the main regulatory methods post-2015: the emergence of platforms, new types of rules and new regulatory principles. The final section gives a critical overview and explains why the current approach is inadequate for the future.
Keywords: European digital policy, Free movement, Digital services, Regulatory intervention, 2015 Digital Single Market Strategy
JEL Classification: K30, K39, L80, L88
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