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Google and Meta join Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems

Written by Wed 20 Dec 2023

Google and Meta are among the tech companies that have partnered to launch the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE).

CODE intends to collaborate with academics, policymakers, and ecosystem companies to offer evidence-based thought leadership on digital openness.

Initial members of the Coalition include Google, Honor, Lenovo, Lynx Mixed Reality, Meta, Motorola, Nothing, Opera, Qualcomm, and Wire.

Within CODE, members will address the implementation of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and participate in future EU regulatory framework developments.

“We have had a number of conversations in the past few months about what ‘good’ looks like when it comes to digital ecosystems in Europe, what fosters innovation, and what will positively impact competitiveness. We think openness is the crucial element,” said Stan Larroque, Founder of mixed reality startup Lynx and spokesperson for CODE.

Through its principles, members intend to foster open digital ecosystems through cross-industry collaboration, advocate for seamless connectivity and interoperability, enable consumers to easily choose devices and services, and cultivate an environment of open access.

Discussions are underway with potential Coalition partners within and outside the European Union. The goal is to unite companies and organisations that share a common commitment to open digital ecosystems.

“We welcome anyone to come and join us as long as they can sign up to the principles of the Coalition,” said Larroque.

Why was the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems formed?

Applicable from May 2023, the DMA regulates tech ‘gatekeepers’ to promote competition, consumer choice, and innovation. These ‘gatekeepers’ include Google, Meta, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and China’s ByteDance which owns TikTok.

The DMA technically only applies to ‘gatekeeper’ companies with an annual turnover of more than £5.9 billion ($7.5 billion) or at least 45 million monthly users. In practice, all companies in the tech ecosystem will see a major change in how they operate.

If a ‘gatekeeper’ does not comply with DMA regulations, the Commission can impose fines of up to 10% of the company’s worldwide turnover. This percentage can increase up to 20% in the case of repeated infringement.

Companies can also face penalties like forcing a company to sell portions of its business or banning acquisitions for repeated infringements.

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Written by Wed 20 Dec 2023

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