31st Annual IBA Communications and Competition Law Conference

25 Apr - 26 Apr 2022

Session information

Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, and antitrust


Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)


The past few years have witnessed a huge take off in cloud computing services, supporting new ways to learn, work or entertain ourselves and enabling more ubiquitous services. By enabling access to massive amounts of data stored remotely, the cloud also fosters innovative and disruptive services using AI. However, the market for cloud services is dominated by a few firms, including AWS, Microsoft, and Google and experience shows that in the digital world a global size is key. This roundtable will explore the link between Cloud and AI and the potential implications for these technologies for antitrust enforcement, and, in particular, whether algorithms, cross-platform network effects, lock-in, interoperability and data portability, feedback loops, hub and spoke arrangements could result in restrictions of competition or give rise to abuse.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Pascal Dutru Communications Regulatory Authority, Doha, Qatar; Vice Chair, Communications Law Committee
Andrew Ward Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Spain; Newsletter Editor, Antitrust Section


Idoya Arteagabeitia Telefonica S.A., Madrid, Spain
Christoff Charter Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Incorporated, Sandton, South Africa
Susanne Dehmel Bitkom, Berlin, Germany
Pedro Hinojo CNMC, Madrid, Spain
José María Rodríguez Ovejero Frontier Economics, Madrid, Spain
Carel Maske Microsoft, Brussels, Belgium