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Announcement: This year’s Scientific Seminar has been cancelled due to public health concerns. Information about the 2021 edition will be published in September/October.


In March every year, the Florence School of Regulation Communications & Media (FSR C&M), Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom (CMPF) and Florence Competition Programme (FCP) organise jointly the Annual Scientific Seminar on Innovation, Platforms and the Digital Economy. Now in it’s 10th year, the Seminar brings together a great number of scholars from all over the world and features many prominent keynote speakers in the fields of social sciences, economics, law and media, as well as practitioners.

The digital economy is fundamentally changing the world in which we live. Innovations linked to the advent of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and to the rise of platform economy have a major impact on firms, consumers, and ultimately citizens. Hence, one of the greatest tasks we face today is to develop conceptual frameworks and policies that will prove adequate to the challenges of the Internet-based digital economy and society.

The purpose then of the next edition of the Scientific Seminar will be the identification of effective policies, balancing innovation, competition and the protection of fundamental rights.


  • The role of IP in fostering innovation
  • Challenges and opportunities related to platform-based economy
  • The role of competition policy in the digital economy
  • Electronic communications networks, 5G and IoT
  • Social Media, democracy and fundamental rights


KEYNOTE: The specialness of zero 

Joshua Gans, University of Toronto [bio]

Joshua Gans


Previous keynotes included Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google and Daniel Rubinfeld, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law, Emeritus Professor of Law and Economics, UC Berkeley. See below our video interviews with the 2018 and 2019 keynote speakers.

Organising Committee

Marc Bourreau (Telecom ParisTech), Carlo Cambini (Polytechnic University of Turin), Jorge L. Contreras (University of Utah), Lisa George (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Steffen Hoernig (Nova School of Business and Economics), Sandra Marco Colino (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Juan José Montero (EUI), Giorgio Monti (Tilburg University/EUI), Pier Luigi Parcu (EUI)



The cost of participating in the Scientific Seminar is EUR 150. This includes a shuttle bus between the city centre and the venue as well as meals and refreshments. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.


See previous editions of the scientific seminar

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