The Digital Services Act (DSA) Observatory

The Digital Services Act (DSA) Observatory is a new project run by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam, which kicked-off in January 2021. The DSA Observatory acts as a hub of expertise with respect to the “Digital Services Act” package presented by the European Commission in December 2020.

The DSA Observatory provides independent scientific input during the DSA debate and to engage different stakeholders on the DSA proposals, in particular on the challenge of confronting platform power from a fundamental rights and democratic values perspective. To achieve these goals, the Observatory will bring together a broad network of platform regulation experts in academia and other relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, policymakers and regulators.

The DSA Observatory will closely follow the DSA process and generate regular outputs on relevant developments, including through dissemination activities, workshops and expert meetings.

NEWS

“Understanding the Digital Services Act” – The Markup’s Julia Angwin interviews Joris van Hoboken

The Markup‘s founder Julia Angwin interviewed Joris van Hoboken, one of the leaders of the DSA Observatory project, to discuss the recent political agreement reached by the EU co-legislators on […]

The Interplay between the Digital Services Act and Sector Regulation: How Special is Copyright?

João Pedro Quintais (University of Amsterdam – Institute for Information Law (IViR)/DSA Observatory) and Sebastian Felix Schwemer (University of Copenhagen, Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR); University of Oslo, […]

The Enforcement Aspects of the DSA, and its Relation to Existing Regulatory Oversight in the EU

Bengi Zeybek and Joris van Hoboken  (Institute for Information Law, IViR – University of Amsterdam) Introduction  Effective implementation and enforcement of the DSA are crucial to realizing its goals: promotion of fundamental […]

European Copyright Society (ECS): Comment on “Copyright and the Digital Services Act Proposal”

On behalf of the European Copyright Society, DSA Observatory’s researcher João Pedro Quintais (IViR, University of Amsterdam), together with Alexander Peukert (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), Martin Husovec (London School of Economics), Martin Kretschmer (CREATe, University […]

ANALYSIS

Is the DSA moving in the right direction?

dr. Joan Barata   The process of adoption of the Digital Services Act (DSA) has just reached a very important and advanced stage. In the early hours of 23 April […]

Redressing Infringements of Individuals’ Rights Under the Digital Services Act

Bengi Zeybek, Joris van Hoboken and Ilaria Buri (Institute for Information Law, IViR – University of Amsterdam)   Introduction  Platforms’ content moderation decisions affect individual users and society at large […]

“The European Union’s RT and Sputnik Ban: Necessary and Proportionate?”

Report on the DSA Observatory & IViR expert roundtable of 18 March 2022 Ilaria Buri, Isabel Lereno Monteiro Guedes and Lucas Balluff   In reaction to the Russian invasion of […]

Digital Services Act and the Protection of Fundamental Freedoms – Recommendations for the trilogue process

Dr. Joan Barata   1. Introduction The process of adoption of the DSA has now entered the phase of the so-called trilogue negotiations, aiming at reaching an agreement between the […]

EVENTS

The Digital Services Act Observatory at the Amsterdam Law School will be hosting events on a variety of topics which are relevant to the DSA discussion and process. Information on these events will be posted here.

Please get in touch if you would like to share your ideas for a DSA-related event or discuss your research at one of our events.

ABOUT

The DSA Observatory

The Digital Services Act (DSA) Observatory is a new project run by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam, which kicked-off in January 2021. The DSA Observatory acts as a hub of expertise with respect to the “Digital Services Act” package presented by the European Commission in December 2020.

Project team

The core project team for the DSA Observatory is composed of prof. Joris van Hoboken, Ilaria Buri, dr. Ronan Fahy, prof. Natali Helberger, prof. Martin Senftleben and dr. João Pedro Quintais.

Funding and collaboration with the Digital Legal Lab

The DSA Observatory is part of the “Digital Transformations of Decision-Making” research initiative of the Amsterdam Law School and contributes to the activities of the Digital Legal Lab, an interuniversity research centre on law and digital technologies run by a research network between four Dutch universities: Tilburg University, the University of Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen and Maastricht University. This joint research initiative, the Digital Legal Studies Sector Plan for legal research is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The DSA Observatory was launched thanks to the funding of the Open Society Foundations.

CONTACT

The DSA Observatory team can be reached by email at:

j.v.j.vanhoboken@uva.nl or i.buri@uva.nl

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