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DNPA- Role Of Regulators In Ironing Out Differences Between Tech Cos & Publishers

DNPA- Role Of Regulators In Ironing Out Differences Between Tech Cos & Publishers

Rodney Sims, a former Australian regulatory stalwart, and leading experts from think tanks and media circles called upon India’s digital news publishers to take a leaf out of Australia and Canada’s news media bargaining codes as they seek fairness in how big tech platforms collaborate with them, at the 1st DNPA Dialogue held on Friday. Crucially, they underlined the role of competition regulators in ironing out differences between tech companies and news publishers on matters of revenue-sharing and transparency. “In Australia, the News Media Bargaining Code is law, it sits there. So now, Facebook and Google don’t want to be designated under the Code. To avoid designations, they started going out and doing a lot of deals with news publishers. So, the objective of the Code was not to ensure legislation takes effect, to get deals done,” said Sims, who headed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) from 2011-2022, at the timely event hosted by the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA).