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 provides 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

14 October 2021 – Expert Seminar “The DSA: Implications for Freedom of Expression”

Digital Services Act (DSA) Observatory Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam) “The Digital Services Act: Implications for Freedom of Expression”   Date: 14 October 2021 Time: 16.00 – […]

The DSA Proposal’s Impact on Digital Dominance 

In September 2021, the Verfassungsblog and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition co-hosted an online symposium, “To Break Up or Regulate Big Tech? Avenues to Constrain Private Power […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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