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 […]

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 […]

Digital Legal Lab Seminar 1: Social Media Content Moderation and the DSA

Digital Legal Lab researchers from all four partner universities are joining forces to address legal, regulatory and other questions around the Digital Services Act & Digital Markets Act. On Friday 9 April, a group of researchers from the Digital Legal Lab held the first seminar in a series dedicated to the DSA and DMA proposals. […]

Effectiveness of Political Ad Disclosure Labels and the DSA proposal

Natali Helberger, Tom Dobber and Sanne Kruikemeier, together with Ellen Goodman and Sophie Minihold, tested the effectiveness of political ad disclosure labels. Online political advertisements are often opaque with respect to targeting and sponsorship. Citizens may not know that they are seeing a targeted political advertisement, that they were personally targeted, that the audience may […]

News Recommenders in the DSA – Commentary on Internet Policy Review

Uva researchers Natali Helberger, Max van Drunen, Sanne Vrijenhoek and Judith Möller wrote a commentary on the Internet Policy Review on “Regulation of news recommenders in the Digital Services Act: empowering David against the Very Large Online Goliath”. Nowadays it is difficult to imagine the online world without recommendation algorithms. They filter and classify the […]