Content Creation and Distribution in the Digital Single Market

Online content and carriage have always been interlocked. Yet today’s electronic communications markets and policy are tested by the sheer abundance of online content and its need for distribution through multiple channels and regardless of frontiers. Access to a wide variety of relevant content is key to democracy and the exercise of fundamental rights, just as the freedom to express oneself and disseminate and access content irrespective of means of communication is fundamental for pluralism. Content creation, distribution and consumption increasingly occupy a crucial role for the success of online business and European competitiveness in the digital economy. In addition, authors and media companies and internet users also increasingly generate content, which in turn contributes to the richness of diverse information available to European citizens, and beyond. These were just some of the topics tackled by the 31st European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) annual conference, held at CEPS on March 14-15th and chaired by Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Chair of the Scientific Committee of EuroCPR. Scholars, industry representatives and policy-makers analysed deployment and regulation of the distribution infrastructure, the new dynamics and changing technology in media and markets, the active role of users shaping media policy and how policy-makers can respond by getting media regulation right.