March 4, 2021

Platform Futures

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Digital platforms and ecosystems are increasingly contested spaces, especially when it comes to issues of governance, competition, data flows and rights. The Asia Pacific (APAC) region has its own set of regulatory, social and cultural challenges and opportunities, yet features less prominently in the global discourse.

Through a program on Platform Futures, the Digital Asia Hub convenes a network of academics and experts studying multiple aspects of platforms, and to create a space for dialogue on opportunities, challenges, and governance best practices in the APAC context.


The Platform Futures program focuses on two themes critical to thinking about platforms:

  1. Mobile Ecosystems: including aspects relating to market structure and competitive dynamics; consumer benefits; “open” vs. “closed” business models; ingredients of successful policy frameworks; challenges for policy makers.
  2. Data Challenges and Opportunities: including aspects relating to accountability and transparency; user choice, safety and autonomy; innovation and collective/societal benefits; privacy and security; data flows and business models.

Domain experts will be invited to share insights on developments and issues related to these two themes, through interviews, commentaries, or other engaging and accessible formats. These outputs are geared at knowledge sharing and capacity building of multiple audiences while helping to elevate APAC-focused insights within the global discourse.           

(i)             the global nature of digital platforms, and the pros & cons of global consistency vs. localized rules

(ii)            factors driving the growth and influence of platforms, and how greater competition both within and    between platforms can be promoted

(iii)           the benefits that platforms and data can enable, while mitigating against perceived risks

(iv)           unique features of platforms and ecosystems in the region,

(v)            the diversity of cultural and regulatory contexts

(vi)           trends and emerging questions

DAH will provide a platform for the generation of new ideas and scholarship, with a view to anticipating and getting ahead of emerging questions.

Expert Network

📚Small Books for Big Platforms

The ‘Small Books for Big Platforms’ series is a comparative cross-area study that explores the opportunities and challenges of data ecosystems and platform ecologies in the Asia-Pacific region.


Explore short videos with expert network members speaking on key issues surrounding platforms.


Tune into longer video and written conversations on platforms and policy issues from across the APAC region.


Visit our events page to view past events with members of the expert network.

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