A brave new world
Our latest newsletter looks at the challenges regulators face in adapting to fast-changing markets and technological innovations. Take data, dubbed the ‘new oil’ for its central role in today’s economy. Some worry that dominant firms could weaponise their control of valuable data to hurt rivals and, by extension, consumers. We ask whether a new regulatory framework is needed. Another pressing concern is how to prevent or mitigate myriad online harms that the explosion in user content can cause. We reckon economics can help improve regulation in this sensitive area. And we look at how Ireland’s energy regulator aims to facilitate the transition to net zero by giving regulated power companies more flexibility in their investment programmes.