Tech Regulation – Thematic Intelligence

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Explore essential trends and insights from the following data in our Tech Regulation’ thematic report:

  • The report looks at the impact of 12 regulatory arenas on tech companies: data security, data privacy, antitrust, tax avoidance, misinformation, online harm, AI ethics, copyright, net neutrality, US-China tech sanctions, ESG, and obstruction of justice.
  • The report focuses on data privacy, antitrust, AI ethics, and online harm, which will be the main targets of regulators’ investigations in the near term, as these are the most critical areas to ensure a safe and efficient digital economy.
  • It provides a scorecard, ranking Big Tech companies based on their level of exposure to 10 critical areas, weighted by importance.
  • It gives guidance on who is facing the biggest risk at a time of increasing uncertainty and complexity.

How is our ‘Tech Regulation’ thematic report different from other reports in the market?

  • This report provides an invaluable overview and description of How the tech sector will be regulated?’ and covers 12 regulatory arenas including data privacy, antitrust, online harm, misinformation, and AI ethics.
  • The report offers in-depth insights into the main trends (technology, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends) shaping the tech regulation theme over the next 12 to 24 months.
  • Every client uses some form of technology today – Our report authors will help every reader understand how tech regulation will impact their business.
  • Our report provides insights on how regulation of data privacy, AI, and misinformation will impact businesses which will guide in making strategies to overcome challenges.
  • This report will help expand your contact base in the C-suite and reach senior decision-makers who will also be interested in the themes more broadly.

We recommend this valuable source of information to anyone involved in:

  • IT Departments
  • Digital Transformation Departments
  • ESG and Sustainability Departments
  • Technology Leaders and Start-ups
  • Strategy Departments/Business Development and Market Intelligence
  • Investment Analysts and Portfolio Managers
  • Professional Services – Investment Banks, PE/VC firms
  • M&A/Investment, Management Consultants, and Consulting Firms

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Tech Regulation Thematic Report Overview

Digital transformation can help enterprises and consumers tackle some of the challenges such as pandemics, geopolitical conflicts, and the climate emergency. However, the pace of innovation in areas like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and digital health creates unprecedented risks to society.

As digitalization accelerates, regulatory activity will increase, and scrutiny of the tech industry will intensify. Making regulation fit for the digital economy without hampering innovation is an arduous task that regulators must grasp.

In the coming years, regulators will likely crack down on some of the big online platforms, such as Amazon, Google, Meta,  X (Twitter), Alibaba, and Tencent in key regulatory arenas. It is expected that data privacy, antitrust, AI, and online harm will be the four main target areas of regulators’ investigations.

Tech Regulation – 12 Regulatory Arenas

Tech Regulation - 12 Regulatory Arenas

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The tech regulation thematic intelligence report provides an overview of the current landscape, including technology, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends, as well as key players. The report provides an industry-specific analysis based on GlobalData databases and surveys.

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Key Trends ·       Technology Trends

·       Macroeconomic Trends

·       Regulatory Trends

Leading Companies ·       Alibaba

·       Alphabet (parent company of Google)

·       Amazon

·       Apple

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Tech Regulation– Key Trends

The main trends shaping the tech regulation theme over the next 12 to 24 months are technology, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends.

  • Regulatory trends: Some of the key regulatory trends impacting the tech regulation theme are concerns and regulations over data security, data privacy, and tax avoidance by companies among others. For instance, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced in May 2018, imposes rules against companies not taking sufficient action to protect data from hackers.
  • Macroeconomic trends: Some of the macroeconomic trends impacting the theme are the EU-US data privacy framework, splinternet or fragmentation of the internet into competing technospheres, and clamping down of technology companies by China among others.
  • Technology trends: The rising cloud market, focus on metaverse, and crypto regulation are some of the key technology trends impacting the tech regulation theme.

Tech Regulation – Signals

GlobalData uses the 145 million signals generated by our thematic engine to predict how important the regulation theme is within the tech sector, how tech regulation will develop, and who the winners and losers will be. Our signals include company filing trends, news trends, and social media trends.

Company filing trends: GlobalData’s Company Filing Analytics uncovers underlying trends hidden in vast amounts of financial and non-financial data available in company filings and transcripts.  Regulation is the theme with the most mentions in tech companies’ filings, with over 68,000 relevant mentions tagged to this theme between January 2018 and July 2023.

The Tech regulation signals analysis also covers:

  • News Trends
  • Social Media Trends

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Tech Regulation – Competitive Analysis

Some of the leading companies making their mark within the tech regulation theme are:

  • Alibaba
  • Alphabet (parent company of Google)
  • Amazon
  • Apple

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Social Media Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecard has three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen.

  • The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.
  • The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.
  • The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.

Social Media Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

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The Tech regulation sector scorecard also covers:

  • Advertising sector scorecard

Key Highlights

  • Regulators will come after tech companies in 12 regulatory arenas: data security, data privacy, antitrust, tax avoidance, misinformation, online harm, AI ethics, copyright, net neutrality, US-China tech sanctions, ESG, and obstruction of justice.
  • Data privacy, antitrust, AI, and online harm will be the main targets of regulators’ investigations in the near term, as these are the most critical areas to ensure a safe and efficient digital economy. Brussels is taking the lead in promoting new regulation—including on AI—with a string of new laws targeting Big Tech’s business model. In Washington, despite President Biden’s resolve to step up tech regulation, a divided Congress makes a change in the legal landscape unlikely. For its part, the Chinese government must strike a delicate balance: maintaining regulatory oversight of the tech sector while innovating fast in the technologies most under pressure from the US.

Reasons to Buy

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the importance of regulating tech has become apparent to governments globally. Following the establishment of the GDPR by the EU, many countries have followed suit, creating similar legislative frameworks to regulate the handling of data online. In addition to data protection, governments have been developing laws to govern antitrust, misinformation, and online harm.

This report provides an invaluable overview of this important and highly disruptive theme.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. Thematic Briefing

    • 3.1. Four regulatory arenas will receive the greatest scrutiny
    • 3.2. Data privacy
    • 3.3. Antitrust
    • 3.4. Online harm and misinformation
    • 3.5. AI ethics

  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Regulatory trends
    • 4.2. Technology trends
    • 4.3. Macroeconomic trends

  • 5. Regulatory Acts by Country

    • 5.1. Regulatory timeline

  • 6. Signals

    • 6.1. Company filings trends
    • 6.2. News trends
    • 6.3. Social media trends

  • 7. Companies
  • 8. Sector Scorecards

    • 8.1. Social media sector scorecard
    • 8.2. Advertising sector scorecard

  • 9. Glossary
  • 10. Further Reading
  • 11. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 12. About GlobalData
  • 13. Contact Us

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