This 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures aims at taking stock of the major challenges infrastructure regulation is currently facing in the age of their rapid digitalisation.
The de- and re-regulation of the different network industries is an ongoing process at national and global levels. As this process unfolds, ever new phenomena emerge.
Yet, the question about the right mixture between market, economic, technical and social regulation remains wide open in all the network industries. The question becomes even more challenging when looking at recent infrastructure development as triggered by their pervasive digitalisation.
Not only are the different infrastructures transformed by their digitalisation – e.g., digital transport, smart energy, etc. – calling for new approaches to regulating them, but moreover does digitalisation become a phenomenon in its own right.
The European Commission sees digitalisation as a means to accelerate integration, to tear down regulatory walls and to move from 28 national markets to a single one. Consequently, digitalisation and especially its implications in terms of privacy and security also require regulatory attention.