*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Philippe Chantepie Inspector General, Ministry of Culture and Communication, Associate Researcher, Chair of Innovation and Regulation of Digital Services, IRSN, Paris A few words to open this second part of our work on the economics and regulation of digital platforms, after a first seminar held in October. This is a subject that has become very important, which I had already addressed in 2005 at the Ministry of Culture and Communication during the first Journées d'économie de la culture in 2006. There had already been talk of platforms, hosting, regulation, access and the necessary crossover of regulations. We were at the beginning of these economic models.
Platform regulation means adapting general laws to the digitalisation of the economy, whether general law concerns consumer protection, contracts between commercial partners, competition or data protection, rather than extending telecom rules which should on the contrary only apply to networks and internet access services. Specialised telecom, data protection and content authorities can contribute to the enforcement of general laws when it concerns digital issues.
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