The European Commission has launched a call for tender for a two-year participatory foresight study into the future of online platforms.
Search engines and online platforms such as social media services, or online marketplaces have become central to life and business in the EU. Recent landmark rules under the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act make up the world’s first comprehensive regulatory framework for online platforms. These rules will protect user safety online, upholding the highest standards for freedom of expression, and ensure fairness and contestability in online platform ecosystems.
The Commission is now launching a major foresight study to analyse long-term trends and perspectives to ensure that the EU’s regulatory framework for online platforms is implemented in a forward-looking manner, and to inform and support the monitoring that will underpin the Commission’s work in this area.
The tenderer must design and develop a comprehensive foresight process for ten specific topics that will be identified in collaboration with all of the Commission services.
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