Blockchain: Mind the gap! Lessons learnt from the net neutrality debate and competition law related aspects

Blockchain is one of the breakthrough technologies of our times and has already started to penetrate into various industries across the globe. Given the growing recent interest in big data, algorithms as well as net neutrality, it is conceivable that blockchain technology might attract competition law authorities’ attention in the near future. The potential areas of antitrust scrutiny range between information exchange, access to blockchain networks and paid prioritisation. The authors of this article argue for an ex post competition law scrutiny rather than ex ante regulation.

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