Google and Apple currently dominate the market for licensed and unlicensed mobile operating systems respectively. There are serious concerns that dominant players may abuse their market power through anti-competitive practices. One such practice that has received a lot of attention in the recent past is the imposition of large commissions on in-app purchases and the restriction of developer choice in payment systems.
Realizing the impact this could have on the innovation potential of the app economy, many antitrust authorities and governments in various countries have attempted to put an end to such practices. These include South Korea’s law prohibiting app store operators from forcing the use of app stores’ proprietary billing system, the Dutch antitrust authority’s ruling calling Apple’s policy anti-competitive and findings from the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s interim report that highlight how users and developers are being negatively affected due to the duopoly of Apple and Google. Investigations are also ongoing at the Competition Commission of India.
It is in this context that the Alliance for Digital India Foundation (ADIF), in partnership with the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) is organizing a round table on the issue of app store regulation. The purpose of this discussion is to deepen our understanding of the issue, assess proponents’ concerns, and determine if there is a need for government intervention, and if so, how.
Driving the conversation will be a panel of esteemed experts who have been at the forefront of these discussions:
- Dr. Vikas Kathuria (Associate Professor, BML Munjal University Faculty of Law | Affiliate Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)
- Hannah Rickets (Deputy Director, Coalition for App Fairness)
- Jai Vipra (Senior Resident Scholar, Vidhi Center for Legal Policy)
- Mark Buse (SVP, Head of Global Government Relations and Policy at Match Group)
- Sijo Kuruvilla George (Executive Director, ADIF)
The panel will be moderated by Rohit Kumar, Founding Partner, The Quantum Hub
The login link will be shared with all registered participants by email closer to the date of the roundtable.
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