New open-access e-book “Putting the DSA into Practice: Enforcement, Access to Justice and Global Implications”

The Digital Services Act was finally published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 27 October 2022. It is the result of a years-long drafting and negotiation process, and opens a new chapter: that of its enforcement, practicable access to justice, and potential to set global precedents.

The Act has been portrayed as Europe’s new “Digital Constitution”, which affirms the primacy of democratic rulemaking over the private transnational ordering mechanisms of Big Tech. With it, the European Union aims once again to set a global standard in the regulation of the digital environment. But will the the Digital Services Act be able to live up to its expectations, and under what conditions?

To mark the publication of this important new legislation, the Verfassungsblog and the DSA Observatory co-organised an online symposium on “Putting the DSA into Practice: Enforcement, Access to Justice, and Global Implications”, which took place from 31 October to 9 November 2022. Read here the opening essay by the symposium organisers and editors: “The DSA has been published: now the difficult bit begins”.



The fifteen essays presented during the symposium have now been collated into an open access e-book, edited by DSA Observatory – IViR researchers Joris van Hoboken, João Pedro Quintais, Naomi Appelman and Ilaria Buri and Verfassungsblog editor Marlene Straub.

The e-book was published on 17 February 2023, to mark the first important DSA milestone for online platforms, i.e. the deadline to publish their the number of their Average Monthly Active Users, which opens the way for some of them to be designated as Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPs) and Very Large Online Search Engines (VLOSEs) by the Commission.

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