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

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 […]

ANALYSIS

The DSA proposal and Spain

Clémént Perarnaud (Brussels School of Governance, BSOG-VUB)   Since the first rounds of negotiations on the DSA proposal, Spain has been an active member state in the Council of the EU at the working group level. Spain is among the countries which shared a position paper to the rest of the delegations in the Council […]

The DSA proposal and France

Ilaria Buri (Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam) The French position on the DSA proposal It shouldn’t come as a surprise that France is playing a very active and central role in the current discussions on the DSA package. Not only is the DSA one of the defining proposals of this EU legislature, but […]

The DSA proposal and Germany

Naomi Appelman (Institute for Information Law, IViR – University of Amsterdam) The position of Germany on the DSA proposal Recent reporting shed light onto the German position in the EU negotiations for the Digital Services Act (DSA) (see Netzpolitik, Tagesspiegel and Euractiv). Central to its position in these negotiations is the possible tension between Germany’s […]

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 3 of 3)

By Britt van den Branden, Sophie Davidse and Eva Smit* This blog is the third and final part. See blog 1 here and blog 2 here. After analysing the Community Guidelines and Terms of Use (hereafter: CG and ToU) of six platforms in the first blogpost and applying them to case studies in the second […]

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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