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Gatekeeper or Catalyst: New Paradigm for Competition, Consumer Protection and Regulation Involving Digital Platforms

Cecil Sae Hoon Chung, Elizabeth Xiao-Ru Wang, Ruth Chen, Ninette Dodoo, Krisztian Katona, and Hao Zhan

Digital platforms have played a significant role in economic growth and innovation worldwide.  The APAC region is at the forefront of many significant technological developments of our time and robust enforcement of competition laws.  Korea is still the only jurisdiction that promptly enacted ex ante regulation to ban mobile operating system providers’ mandatory in-app payment requirements.  Other jurisdictions are also paying greater attention to new and old legal issues brought upon by changing technology and its interface with competition, consumer protection, data security, M&As, and others. 

This panel brings together regulators, platform operators, practitioners, and scholars to provide a comprehensive view of the recent antitrust and consumer protection developments involving digital platforms.  It will present timely updates and prognoses to cover recent activities in the APAC region and provide in-depth analysis by comparing and contrasting with other jurisdictions. 

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.