Welcome to the course ‘Legal Framework in the Digital Economy‘. You will find here all the material related to the course (slides, readings, …), organized session by session.

Session 1

15/05/2018 – 14:00-17:00 – Room 018 Forbin


Topic 1: Transparency of prices

Case study (preparation for next session)

  • Astor, M. (2017). Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That Could Be Shared. The New York Times (July 25).
  • Quiz: Imagine that you are the CEO of a company that produces a smart home device. For this device to work properly, it has to share customer-related data with other devices. The problem is that other companies operate these devices, and you cannot control what these companies do with the collected data. Explain how you deal with this problem.
  • Submit your opinion (300-500 words long) through this link. Don’t forget to mention your name in your file!
  • Deadline: 24/05/2018 – 22:00

Session 2

25/05/2018 – 09:30-12:30 – Room 018 Forbin

Topic 2: Transparency of quality

Topic 3: Transparency of consumers

Case study (preparation for next two sessions)

  • Heater, B. (2018). The EU launches investigation into Apple/Shazam deal. TechCrunch (April 23)
  • Quiz: According to you, should the European Commission treat this merger proposal differently than other proposals? What are the particular features of the present case? In general, should merger control be exercised differently in the digital economy? If yes, how?
  • Submit your opinion (300-500 words long) through this link. Don’t forget to mention your name in your file!
  • Deadline: 03/06/2018 – 22:00

Session 3

04/06/2018 – 09:30-11:30 – Room 018 Forbin

Topic 4: Network effects

  • Learning objectives
    • Digital platforms can be defined as ‘managers of network effects’. This session aims at understanding what network effects are, and how they affect consumer behavior and firm strategies (in terms of pricing and of compatibility choices).
    • We also examine how network effects shape market outcomes.
  • Readings
  • Powerpoint slides

Session 4

05/06/208 – 09:30-11:30 – Room 018 Forbin

Topic 5: Multisided Platforms