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 aims to provide 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

DSA Observatory discussion paper: “The DSA proposal: a critical overview”

  This discussion paper by IViR – DSA Observatory researchers Ilaria Buri and Joris van Hoboken provides a critical overview of the context and substantive provisions of the Digital Services Act (“DSA”) draft regulation presented by the European Commission in December 2020. This analysis aims at informing the public debate around this landmark legislative initiative, […]

Online advertising: These three policy ideas could stop tech amplifying hate

    By Catherine Armitage, Johnny Ryan and Ilaria Buri The relationship between the spread of harmful content and the business models that fund it is a preoccupation for many policymakers today. Political momentum is building around the idea that banning ‘surveillance advertising’ could be the answer. This has translated into a variety of different […]

Joris van Hoboken to speak at event on “DSA & Community Content Moderation”

  Wikimedia, Reddit and VerticalScope are three online community platforms offering services where users are empowered to create content and enforce moderation rules. They organized an online event on “Community Content Moderation and the DSA”, which will take place on Tuesday 22 June, 17:00 – 18:15 CEST, to discuss how online communities can thrive despite […]

Article 12 DSA: Will platforms be required to apply EU fundamental rights in content moderation decisions?

  By Naomi Appelman, João Pedro Quintais, and Ronan Fahy, Institute for Information Law (IViR)   As the European Court of Human Rights has emphasised, online platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, provide an “unprecedented” means for exercising freedom of expression online. Unfortunately, however, the systems operated by platforms, where (automated) decisions are taken […]

ANALYSIS

The European Parliament IMCO Committee’s compromise text on the DSA

Ilaria Buri (Institute for Information Law, IViR, University of Amsterdam) On 14 December 2021, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee of the European Parliament adopted its final report on the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal. The report – together with new additional amendments proposed over the past weeks – will be voted upon […]

The DSA proposal and Denmark

Jesper Lund (IT-Pol Denmark) The position of Denmark on the DSA proposal The Danish government must seek a mandate from the European Affairs Committee of the Danish Parliament on all EU legislative dossiers. In the Danish government, the DSA proposal is primarily handled by the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. Denmark supports the […]

The General Approach of the Council on the Digital Services Act

Ilaria Buri and Joris van Hoboken   On last 25 November, the Council (Competitiveness) meeting approved its negotiating position (general approach text) on the DSA. Far from turning the Commission’s proposal upside down, the Council’s amendments clarify and expand certain (limited) aspects of the proposal, but do not fundamentally alter the content and structure of […]

The Digital Services Act proposal and Ireland

Ronan Ó Fathaigh (Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam)   The purpose of this report is to provide a brief overview of the Irish government’s position on the European Commission’s proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA). It first sets out Ireland’s position based on publicly-available documents and media reporting; then provides the broader […]

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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