The DSA Proposal’s Impact on Digital Dominance 

In September 2021, the Verfassungsblog and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition co-hosted an online symposium, “To Break Up or Regulate Big Tech? Avenues to Constrain Private Power in the DSA/DMA Package”.

“The concentration of private power in the digital realm is not tenable – on this there is consensus. It extends across domains of private power, ranging from power over markets and consumers’ behaviour, power over private rule-making to power of and over opinion. The European Union’s Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act set out to bridle these dimensions of power, but are they up to the task? In this Online-Symposium, co-hosted with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, authors from various legal disciplines enquire into this pressing regulatory concern”.


IViR – DSA Observatory researchers Ilaria Buri and Joris van Hoboken opened the symposium with an article on “The DSA Proposal’s Impact on Digital Dominance”, where they discuss the question of whether the DSA can be expected to further entrench the power of dominant services.

Disclaimer: Dear reader, please note that this commentary was published before the DSA was finalised and is therefore based on anoutdated version of the DSA draft proposal. The DSA’s final text, which can be here, differs in numerous ways including a revised numbering for many of its articles.

Full article here.