The Future of Regulation

Principles for regulating emerging technologies

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data analytics, distributed ledger technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating new ways for consumers to interact—and disrupting traditional business models. It’s an era in which machines teach themselves to learn; autonomous vehicles communicate with one other and the transportation infrastructure; and smart devices respond to and anticipate consumer needs.

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In the wake of these developments, regulatory leaders are faced with a key challenge: how to best protect citizens, ensure fair markets, and enforce regulations, while allowing these new technologies and businesses to flourish. This can be even more challenging in a country like Belgium where the state structure is quite complex.

Deloitte’s Future of Regulation report explores the Belgian regulatory landscape and outlines the principles that can help Belgian regulators to strike a balance between innovation and consumer protection.

This report begins by exploring the unique regulatory challenges posed by digital-age technologies and business models. Section two describes the four critical questions policymakers and regulators must address when it comes to regulating the digital economy. Finally, section three provides a set of five principles to guide the future of regulation.

This is the first study in our series on the future of regulation. We will delve deeper into the topics in a series of Belgium-focused videos

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