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Ovum's report on The Regulatory Environment for Platforms outlines that a mix of different approaches may be required and regulators will need to remain flexible in their response as platforms continue to evolve.


  • Numerous approaches can be taken with regard to online platforms, from self-regulation and codes of conduct to antitrust laws and sector-specific legislation. Each approach has strengths and weaknesses, which vary depending on the market and the type of platform.

Features and Benefits

  • This report summarizes the findings of Ovum's research on approaches to regulating online platforms.
  • It highlights potential new approaches to regulating platforms, and how they are likely to be applied by regulators.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key regulatory issues that arise from the emergence of online platforms?
  • Which approaches are the most suitable for the regulation of online platforms?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Platforms are transforming the interaction between vendors and consumers by leveraging significant network effects
  • New business models are emerging, disrupting traditional industries
  • Ovum has identified four areas for potential regulatory intervention
  • How should platforms be regulated?


  • Further reading
  • Author

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