International Regulators' Forum 2019
Date: 7-8 October 2019
venue: Skinners' Hall, 8½ Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP
HOSTED BY OFCOM
This year’s International Regulators’ Forum (the IRF, a closed meeting for regulators only) preceded the IIC’s 50th Annual Conference, a significant moment for an organisation that has retained its independence and was, arguably, the first organisation to address ‘converging communications’.
Hosted by Ofcom at the historic Skinners' Hall in London (the birthplace of the Institute) the IRF brought together the most senior regulators from across the globe to address the issues raised by the ever-evolving communications sector, and the challenges of a digital ecosystem that requires a move from so-called ‘static regulation’ to ‘dynamic regulation’.
The meeting addressed the characteristics of the current and evolving regulatory systems and the principles to ensure relevant and better regulation. One of the challenges regulators will face is how to ensure that they can maximise the benefits offered by the digital economy while mitigating the risks that may accompany some parts of it. Key issues were addressed such as connectivity, access and affordability. Regulators must ensure they have the necessary infrastructures in place to take advantage of these opportunities for their societies and for their economies, while ensuring no adverse consequences. Many of the changes are cross-frontier and global and policymakers and regulators need to understand how the changes will affect them and their region.
While the IRF looked at the transition from the legacy structures of telecommunications and content sectors to the inclusion of technology and platforms, the Annual Conference brought the participating regulators together with stakeholders. The open nature of the IIC events (discussion held under the Chatham House Rule) means that transparent, open and collegiate conversations were had.
In addition to the IRF, Communications Policy & Regulations Week included networking events and private meetings, enabling delegates to form or renew lasting relationships with their peers from around the world. You can find more details about the networking events here.
Top teams from regulators around the world enjoyed dinner together.
Delegates and speakers had the opportunity to meet informally at the opening reception, ahead of the 50th Annual Conference.
House of Lords Reception
Delegates had a chance to discuss the day's proceedings over drinks and canapés at the House of Lords.