ECOANTITRUST initiative began in November 2020 with an aim to advance a holistic, systems-based understanding of the digitalised platform economy. By understanding the phenomena of digitalisation using systems analysis, complex sciences, and economics, ECOANTITRUST provides a new scope of knowledge for such systems and thereby develop unique insights into the rise of powerful Big Tech firms, digital start-ups, and online platforms all known as digital platform ecosystems. 

ECOANTITRUST is transdisciplinary; the initiative involves academics and experts from the fields of economics, ecology, biology, competition law, and more. The initiative also engages with high level policy advisors, lawyers, and regulatory experts to regularly disseminate new findings and involve several experienced perspectives.


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28 July 2023

ECOANTITRUST Presents at the 18th Conference of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA)

Digital platforms have long understood themselves as ecosystems and adopted an ecosystem mindset toward growth, competition, and governance. The ecosystem approach has helped the digital platform business model become one of the most successful in the last three decades and proliferate beyond the bounds of regulatory jurisdictions. This bodes the question: is regulation still in a mechanistic trap?
New Delhi

04 May 2023

Antitrust Needs a New Toolkit for the Platform Economy: Inspired by Ecology

Until recently, most competition authorities have prioritized consumer welfare and efficiency in their approach to regulate industry markets. However, the multisided nature of the platform economy means that monitoring of markets must consider not just consumer welfare, but also the welfare of complementors, third parties, and all participants of digital platform ecosystems (DPE) in the short and long term.
WiFi city

04 May 2023

A Data Treasure Trove: How social media has become an unexpected source of natural experiments

A person using digital communication leaves behind a trail of information on their activities, their interactions, and even some about who they are. Social media has become quintessential to the modern lives of billions of people which means that billions of trails are recorded on social media and communications platforms. This data has come to be a treasure trove of aggregated information which scientists can use to decipher the most unique trends and behaviors on a societal level. As part of her ongoing research at ASA, Elena Rovenskaya presented on the significance of social media as a source of information for science and its usefulness in understanding complex systems behaviors.