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In between illegal and harmful: a look at the Community Guidelines and Terms of Use of online platforms in the light of the DSA proposal and the fundamental right to freedom of expression (Part 2 of 3)

By Britt van den Branden, Sophie Davidse and Eva Smit*   This blog is part two of three. See part 1 here. Part 3 will follow soon. In part one of this blog series, we showed that the Community Guidelines and Terms of Use (hereafter: CG and ToU) of six well known very large online […]

In between illegal and harmful: a look at the Community Guidelines and Terms of Use of online platforms in the light of the DSA proposal and the fundamental right to freedom of expression (Part 1 of 3)

By Britt van den Branden, Sophie Davidse and Eva Smit*   This blogpost is part one of three. Blogposts 2 and 3 will follow soon. Just before last year’s Christmas day, the European Commission published a proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA). The proposal introduces a new range of harmonised obligations for digital services […]

The Digital Services Act and Its Impact on the Right to Freedom of Expression: Special Focus on Risk Mitigation Obligations

Joan Barata This blog post synthesises the main arguments and conclusions developed in a report commissioned to the author by the Plataforma en Defensa de la Libertad de Información (PDLI), fully available here.   Introduction The UN Human Rights Council declared in its resolution 32/13 of 1 July 2016 that “(…) the same rights that […]

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 […]

AWO overview of all ongoing policy proposals to reform online advertising

AWO data rights agency put together an overview of all the proposals related to online advertising in the DSA, DMA and other legislation. The overview is an invaluable source to follow the latest developments on the discussion concerning the regulation of online advertising and ad-funded business models, currently taking place in Europe and the US. […]

30 June 2021 – “An Endless Odyssey? Content Moderation Without General Content Monitoring”

Digital Services Act (DSA) Observatory Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam) in collaboration with Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL, University of Cambridge)   “An Endless Odyssey? Content Moderation Without General Content Monitoring” 30 June 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm (CEST, Amsterdam) Online Seminar via Zoom, link will be shared beforehand Underlying paper […]

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 […]

Prof. Joris van Hoboken to speak at the EP IMCO Committee workshop on “The DSA and DMA: A forward-looking and consumer-centered perspective”

  On the 26th of May 2021 (16:45-18-45), the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee will hold a workshop on “The Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act: A forward-looking and consumer-centered perspective”. Prof. Joris van Hoboken – one of the project leaders of the DSA Observatory at the Institute for […]

Platform ad archives in Article 30 DSA

by Paddy Leerssen, Institute for Information Law (IViR) Tucked away in the depths of the new DSA draft, Article 30 carries a title only an academic could love: ‘Additional online advertising transparency’. Please bear with me, because I want to argue that it represents a significant shift in the governance of online advertising. I’ll first […]