You on Signal and Me on Telegram – Messenger Interoperability by EU Regulation – TOPIC 01 Sub 03 2024

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18 June 2024 | 12:30 - 13:15 EEST | Auditorium
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Proposals: #21 (#22) #50 #51 #75 #77 (see list of proposals)

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Session teaser

There is a group of friends. Everyone uses WhatsApp but one of them. That one person always needs to be informed separately. This might change with the Digital Markets Act. One of its propositions includes the interoperability of messaging services. Providers of messaging services have come together in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to develop a standard for interoperability – that in the end might affect us all. This session will give insight into a standard in the making and explore its potential consequences such as the end users’ gain, the impact on providers of messaging services, and the effect on competition.

Session description

This session will delve into the complex interplay between standards-setting and the EC competition requirements, exploring the challenges and opportunities that arise at the intersection of these two frameworks and their impact on the internet. In recent years large platforms have increasingly become online gatekeepers due to their strong economic position, their network effects, and their intermediary position. With the Digital Markets Act the European co-legislators established new rules, designed to create a fairer playing field in the digital environment. One aspect of the DMA (Article 7) targets messaging services, such as WhatsApp, which need to become interoperable with otherwise competing messaging services.

With the EC's commitment to fostering innovation, competition, and consumer welfare, it is essential to understand how standardization and competition law interact in shaping industry landscapes and market dynamics, and the importance of recognizing a global multi-stakeholder standards development process (i.e. IETF) to support the advancement of the internet's infrastructure and the need for new global standards to support interoperability. There are three perspectives the session will shed light on: the one that regulates, the one who is regulated and the end user. The session will explain what technical interoperability is in the first place. Further, the following potential questions might be raised during the discussion: What are the end users gaining or losing? How does it affect messaging services providers? Which opportunities does it create? Why have messaging services not cooperated from the beginning? Is there a will to interconnect? A lot of people select a particular messaging service because of privacy issues, but what happens if messaging services become interoperable? Does it affect competition?


Interactive session with short statements of the key participants to represent the regualtory perspective, the end user’s perspective, and the perspective of the ones being regulated by the DMA Article 7.

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  • Karen Mulberry, IEEE

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  • Emilia Zalewska-Czajczyńska, NASK PIB
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Key Participants

  • Irma Urmonaitė, the Deputy Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Lithuania
  • Riccardo Nanni, Researcher in data governance, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Vittorio Bertola, Head of Policy, Open-Xchange


  • Alena Muravska, Programme Manager, RIPE NCC

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