24 september 2018

Battle of the Platform

10u00 - 13u00
Pleinlaan 1
1015 Brussels
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Smart Media Meetup: PLATFORM POWER

Date: September 24th 2018
Location: Pleinlaan 9, 1st floor, 1050 BrusselsPlatforms have become increasingly powerful economic agents. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Uber, … they are changing the face of our media, communication, ICT, retail, etc. industries. But what are platforms? Why are we all talking about them? Are platforms in themselves a problem? When should government intervene? What are the different opinions on this issue?

On 24 September, we organise a Smart Media Meetup in which several experts shine their light on the platform hype. One of the founders of the Internet Bob Kahn will talk about the emergence of Internet platforms, after which Prof. Dr. Karen Donders presents findings of her new book (with Prof. Dr. Tom Evens) on platform power and policies in transforming television markets. Matt Stoller from the American Open Markets Institute and Peter Quaghebeur, CEO of SBS, will comment on these presentations taking a competition and industry perspective respectively.

The program:

9.30 – 10.00h: Coffee and registration
10.00 – 10.10h: Introduction by Elise Descamps (imec) & Prof. Dr. Pieter Ballon, Director SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and supervisor Mediahub Brussel
10.10 – 10.40h: Bob Kahn – Internet Platforms
10.40 – 11.30h: Karen Donders (Free University Brussels) & Tom Evens (Ghent University) – ‘Platform Power and Policy in Transforming TV markets’ book presentation
11.30 – 12.10h: Matt Stoller (Fellow, Open Markets Institute) – Market Concentration and Platform Power
12.10 – 12.50h: Peter Quaghebeur (CEO, SBS Broadcasting) – The industry point of view

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

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Also have a look at our upcoming trainings from our Postgraduate in Media Economics. Enroll in separate modules here:

Training: Foundations and Transformation of Media Economics (26 Sep 2018 – 28 Sep 2018)
Further course and enrollment info here.

If you only want to follow one of the days in this module, please contact karen.donders@vub.be

Training: Media Economics and Policy in a Digital Age (24 Oct 2018 – 26 Oct 2018)
Further course and enrollment info here.

Training: Intellectual Property Rights and Remuneration for right holders (21 Nov 2018 – 23 Nov 2018)
Further course and enrollment info here.

Training: Technology, Innovation and Data (19 Dec 2018 – 21 Dec 2018)
Further course and enrollment info here.

Discover the full Postgraduate in Media Economics here.


Friday 26 October 2018: Matchmaking day between local media and international start-ups 

Matchmaking day between media companies and international start-ups, organised in cooperation with MediaMatters (The Netherlands).

Registration: This event is on an invitation-only basis. We will reach out to media companies directly, but feel free to contact elise.descamps@imec.be if you are interested in joining this event.

Friday 7 December 2018: Content diversity as a media strategy

How to create an attractively diverse content portfolio for the visitors of your media brands? How can this help you stand out against competitors? This workshop showcases lessons learnt from a large scale research project, and insights from media executives.

Click here for further details and registration.

SMIT, imec research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel