Digital Communications and Media Markets: Power, Policy and Global Perspectives

August 18-19 | Ottawa

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Keynote Speakers

Tomasso Valletti

Tommaso Valletti is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, and also Professor of Economics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (on leave). He has previously taught at the London School of Economics, Telecom ParisTech/Ecole Polytechnique, and Turin. Tommaso has a magna cum laude degree in engineering and a flute diploma from Turin, and holds a MSc and a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

Tommaso is currently the Head of the Department of Economics & Public Policy at Imperial College Business School. He is a Non-Executive Director to the board of the Financial Conduct Authority. He is the Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Research and Policy Network on Competition Policy. He was the Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission (Directorate General for Competition) between 2016 and 2019.

Tommaso’s main research interests are in industrial economics, regulation, and competition economics.

Elettra Bietti

Elettra is a joint Postdoctoral Fellow at the NYU School of Law and the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech in New York. Her research is on data law, antitrust law and market regulation as they play out in the platform economy. She recently defended an SJD dissertation “Law, Freedom and Power in the Digital Platform Economy” at Harvard Law School where her primary advisor was Professor Yochai Benkler.

Elettra is affiliated to the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School as well as to Information Society Law Center at the University of Milan. She sometimes advises and collaborates with civil society. Prior to academia, she was a competition and intellectual property lawyer in London and Brussels, handling corporate transactions and patent disputes.

She holds an LLB from University College London (2011), and LLM from Harvard Law School (2012), a Diploma in IP Law and Practice from Oxford University (2016) and an SJD from Harvard Law School (2022).

Bringing together many of the world’s top researchers and a dozen policy, industry and civil society partners, the GMIC Project launched in 2021 to study the development and transformation of two-dozen digital and traditional communication, Internet and media industries in nearly 40 countries, over the period 1984 until 2027.

This year, the project will hold its inaugural conference August 18-19 at the Dominion Chalmers Centre, a beautiful restored heritage building in the heart of downtown Ottawa, steps away from Parliament Hill. This will be a hybrid event and we will facilitate extensive digital participation as well as in-person attendance.

Events include a series of panels, roundtables and keynote addresses over two days where GMIC Project researchers and invited speakers will:

  • Examine national media and Internet industries developments and concentration trends within select countries.
  • Assess developments and concentration trends across communication markets, online audiovisual media services, and digital platforms within select countries and internationally.
  • Discuss the impact of these developments and trends on international and national policy and regulatory agendas.

Our first keynote address will be delivered by the former Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission (2016–2019) and current Professor of Economics at Imperial College London, Tommaso Valletti.

Elettra Bietti, who will be giving our second keynote address, is a joint Postdoctoral Fellow at the NYU School of Law and the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech in New York.

Journalists, industry participants, public officials, advocacy groups and members of the public will also be invited to help build bridges between the Global Media & Internet Concentration Project and policy debates now taking place in Canada and many other countries.

We will announce further details in the coming weeks, but in the meantime please mark your calendars and make plans to join us at this event.

For more information on the GMIC Project and supporting partners, please contact Project Manager: Guy Hoskins, Ph.D., ghoskins@ryerson.ca.

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