The conference “Mapping and Governing the Online World” brings researchers from law, economics, management, computer science and related fields together to present and discuss theoretical and empirical research on issues of privacy, consumer protection, antitrust, contracts, intellectual property, and AI regulation.
Data plays an increasingly important role in the digital economy. Data is the key input factor in many successful business models involving, for example, online behavioral advertising or Internet platforms. Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies are expected to enable valuable innovation, either by increasing efficiency and expanding existing markets, or by serving new markets. These technologies have increasingly come under public scrutiny, due to a variety of adverse consequences they may yield. In recent years, data about the behavior of consumers, firms and regulators has also enabled researchers to analyze regulatory questions of the digital economy in novel ways. The conference will contribute to the debate on how to regulate digital markets by presenting helpful theoretical frameworks and discussing empirical evidence on the effects of such regulation. The conference will provide a forum for the interdisciplinary, international community of researchers in this area. The conference will also facilitate interaction between researchers, policymakers, policy experts and practitioners.