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Digital Single Market Strategy update with Kemp Little LLP

7th July 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm













The European Commission published its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The Commission sees the creation of a connected single digital market as a key means to drive economic growth. If implemented, the Commission’s plan may fundamentally change the way digital services and content are delivered, consumed and regulated across Europe presenting both opportunities and challenges for industry.

Together with the law firm Kemp Little, ISPA is holding an event on the DSM Strategy to provide members with an early insight into the substance of the proposals and discuss how they may affect communications providers in the UK. In addition to legal analysis of the Strategy from the experts at Kemp Little, the event includes two panels looking to explore and discuss in greater details two areas of particular interest –possible changes to the intermediary liability regime and attempts to create a level playing field between traditional communications providers and new players.

Hosted at Kemp Little’s offices in the City of London the event will bring together expert speakers from industry, government and the law to understand and debate the key issues.


3:00 - 3:15 Registration 

3:15: Introduction to the Digital Single Market

3:20: Panel 1 – What to expect from a  new duty of care for intermediaries? 

The Commission aims to undertake a review of how best to tackle illegal content online. It explicitly references a duty of care for intermediaries and will consider whether to require intermediaries to exercise greater responsibility and due diligence in the way they manage their networks and systems. Some issues that the panel would explore include:

  • What would a duty of care on intermediaries look like?
  • What are the core principles of the intermediary liability regime that have underpinned the growth of the internet economy in the past 15 years? Can these be preserved in any review
  • If reform is needed, is it from the point of view that protection needs to be strengthened or weakened?
  • Is a harmonised approach required?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jeremy Harris, Kemp Little
  • Javier Ruiz, Open Rights Group
  • Richard Mollet, Publishers Association
  • Simon Morrison, Google

4:20: Break

4:30: Panel 2 – Creating a level playing field between traditional communications providers and new players - a risk of more regulation or a potential of deregulation

The Commission’s strategy paper rightly identifies that consumers now have a choice of using electronic communications services that are provided by traditional service providers or services that look and feel similar but not subject to the same regulatory framework. With this in mind, the Commission seeks to undertake a review of telecoms rules that will look at ways of ensuring a level playing field for players to the extent that they provide competing services. Some issues that the panel would explore include:

  • Does the review present a threat of overregulation or an opportunity of scaling back red-tape?
  • What rules should be included in the review?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Calum Murray, Kemp Little
  • Pete Farmer, ITSPA
  • Dean Bubley, Disruptive Wireless

5:30-7:00pm: Drinks reception and end

The event will conclude with a networking drinks reception.

Please RSVP to admin@ispa.org.uk if you wish to attend.


7th July 2015
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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