Digital Seminar 'Governance of data and neutrality'

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28/03/2018 - 12:00 to 18:00
Le Bouche à Oreille, rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

This CERRE Digital Seminar will consider two topics at the centre of policy debates on Europe’s Digital Agenda: the regulation of the use of data and the principle of neutrality in the digital value chain.

The countdown to the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation is well underway. However, this is only one piece of the puzzle that is the governance of data in a connected society. The first session of this seminar will consider a number of important issues in the regulation of the use of data and data markets in Europe, including: the GDPR, the impact of data portability, trade in personal and non-personal data, the implications for competition, and the need for future regulation.

The second topic for discussion is becoming increasingly prominent at all levels of the digital value chain: the principle of neutrality. From the use of zero-rating by internet service providers, to the possibility of device manufacturers and operating systems limiting internet openness, to the business practices of internet platforms, neutrality is a keenly debated concept.

The second session will begin with keynote speeches on specific aspects of the neutrality debate from Sébastien Soriano (President, Arcep) and Johannes Gungl (President RTR and BEREC Chair 2018), along with the presentation of a new CERRE report on zero-rating practices. These speeches will be followed by a high-level discussion involving regulators, European policy-makers, telecoms operators, internet platforms and device manufacturers.

Register now and join us for a fascinating afternoon of discussion and debate.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.


Lunch & Registration


Welcome & Introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,


Session 1: The Governance of Data in a Connected Society


Presentation: 'Regulating Big Data Markets'

Professor Martin Peitz

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim


Panel Discussion: 'The Governance of Data in a Connected Society'

See confirmed discussants below

Networking Coffee Break
Session 2: Neutrality in the Digital Value Chain
Presentation & Keynote Addresses

Keynote address 

Sébastien Soriano




Presentation: 'Zero-Rating in Telecoms Markets'

Professor Dr. Jan Krämer

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, University of Passau



Professor Martin Peitz

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim



Keynote address

Johannes Gungl

BEREC Chair for 2018
President, Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting & Telecommunications


Networking Coffee Break
Panel Discussion: 'Neutrality in the Digital Value Chain'

See confirmed discussants below




Networking Reception

Confirmed discussants:


Professor Angelo Cardani




Wassim Chourbaji

Vice President, Head, Government Affairs & Public Policy EU & MENA,



Denis Coutrot

Data Science Director, 



Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE 
Lecturer, University College London



Lisa Felton

Head, Services Regulation 



Mark MacGann

Group Chief Corporate Affairs & Public Affairs Officer,



Ursula Pachl

Deputy Director General,



William Scrimshaw

EU Government Affairs,



Prof. Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor of EU Law, University of Namur



Anthony Whelan

Director for Electronic Communications Networks & Services,
DG CONNECT, European Commission



Additional panellists to be announced soon



Wednesday 28 March 2018, 12.00-18.00,
Le Bouche à Oreille, rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact


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