[bestbits] Call for expression of interest - European Commission Expert Group Online Platform Economy - Deadline 5 June 2018

Prabhat.AGARWAL at ec.europa.eu Prabhat.AGARWAL at ec.europa.eu
Mon May 28 15:44:37 EDT 2018

The European Commission has a call for experts open until 5 June with a focus on the online platform economy.
The initial set of tasks for the expert groups would be to draw up policy advice on the following topics:
(i) issues related to algorithmic decision-making and ranking in connection with the provision of online intermediation services and online search engines, including the question of transparency;
(ii) access to, and use of, different categories of personal data and other data, in compliance with data protection rules, provided or generated in the context of the provision and use of online intermediation services and online search engines;
(iii) issues related to remuneration for material displayed online, in particular in relation to search results;
(iv) transparency and accountability in business-to-business commercial relations in online advertising;
(v) differentiated treatment which providers of online intermediation services might give to goods and services offered by themselves or by the undertakings which they control;
(vi) restrictions to offer different conditions when using other distribution channels which providers of online intermediation services might impose on business users;
(vii) possible impacts of these potentially harmful practices on consumers;
The full mandate is available here:
We are primarily looking for independent experts for this observatory, especially for those who can help with crafting policy-relevant analysis grounded in a deep understanding of the platform economy.
We estimate a workload of approx. 3 meetings in Brussels/year, each with approx. 1-2 days preparation and follow-up. The work of this expert group will feed directly into future regulatory and non-regulatory policy-options for the European Commission.
Please feel free to disseminate the call to any researchers and other experts who might be interested.

Deputy Head of Unit
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European Commission
Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology
eCommerce and Platforms

BU25 06/117
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 229-87153
prabhat.agarwal at ec.europa.eu<mailto:prabhat.agarwal at ec.europa.eu>


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