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Sponsored by Stanford Law School, Peking University, Tencent, Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, China Guiding Cases Project, and the China Law and Policy Association
10:00 am – 3:45 pm – Conference
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
Parking: parking structure 7 (under the Graduate School of Business), any visitor parking spot.
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Eighth Annual Stanford-Peking University Internet Law and Policy Conference
This conference will focus on issues stemming from the power of social media and marketplace platforms. Panels will have experts from China and the US, with each discussing issues, concerns and legal rules in his or her jurisdiction. The panel on social media will address content regulation in the US and China, where the differences are obvious but current concerns perhaps not entirely different. One panel on marketplace platforms will focus on data that platforms aggregate and the privacy and competitive concerns data aggregation raises. The other panel on marketplace platforms will address more mainstream competitive concerns in the unique context of internet platforms.
|10:00 am – 10:30 am||Registration Begins
|10:30 am – 12:00 pm||Content Regulation on Social Media Platforms
Are social media platforms such as Facebook and Google realizing that they need to have a stronger hand in regulating content? How well can these platforms make such decisions on their own? To what extent is government regulation of content appropriate? What lessons are we learning from the different models of social media regulation in Europe, China and the U.S.?
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 pm – 2:15 pm||Competition and Privacy Issues Raised By Data Aggregation
Increasingly, online platforms and businesses collect and aggregate large amounts of data about their users and advertisers, including highly granular details of users’ behavior on the site and extensive information that users share with the site. Users, in effect, get what appears to be a free service, but they pay with personal data. This business model raises competition and user-protection concerns in China, the U.S. and Europe. Commentators have argued that traditional approaches to antitrust and competition policy are ill-suited to meet these concerns. This panel will explore how these issues are addressed in China and the U.S.
|2:15 pm – 2:30 pm||Break|
|2:30 pm – 3:45 pm||Regulation of Marketplace Platforms
Marketplace platforms have become integral elements of the internet. Amazon is now a massive online marketplace. In China, Alibaba and JD.com are similar. As more commerce moves to online marketplaces, policymakers and regulators face challenges in addressing a wide range of competition and intellectual property concerns. In China, competition authorities are considering how to apply an essential facilities approach to elements of the internet infrastructure, which may include marketplace platforms. In the US, the essential facilities doctrine no longer plays a central role in antitrust law, but some commentators have argued that it should be revived in the internet context. This panel will address these issues in general and more specifically with respect, for example, to addressing exclusive dealing, priority display, competition between merchants and the marketplace, and related conduct.
*subject to change