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About the conference

On 17 February 2024, the Digital Services Act (DSA) becomes fully applicable in Europe. The DSA Observatory, together with the Institute for Information Law, will mark this occasion with a two-day conference on “The DSA and Platform Regulation” at the Amsterdam Law School on 15-16 February 2024. The purpose of the conference is to discuss how the DSA can make a meaningful contribution to platform regulation.

The main conference will be opened on 15 February at 16:00 with an opening plenary and reception, followed by a full-day curated programme on 16 February with invited speakers, experts, policymakers, and regulators. Before the main conference is opened, on 15 February there will also be paper presentations following an open call for papers, for which a smaller number of tickets are available.

The conference is jointly-organised by the DSA Observatory, the Institute for Information Law (IViR), the Digital Transformation of Decision-Making research initiative at the Amsterdam Law School, and the Digital Legal Lab interdisciplinary research collaboration between the law schools of the University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, Radboud University and Maastricht University.

The FINAL PROGRAMME of the conference is available here.

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Venue

The conference will be held in-person at the Amsterdam Law School (Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam) on 15-16 February 2024 (practical information on the campus location is here).

Participants and presenters will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Registrations

Registration to the conference is now closed (tickets are sold-out).

Day 1 – 15 February 2024

Paper presentations – Preliminary programme

08.30 – Registration and welcome reception | Amsterdam Law School, Hall A3.16

09.15 – Welcome speech | Joris van Hoboken  (University of Amsterdam)

09.30 – Parallel Sessions 1

Session 1A: Challenges of realising meaningful transparency and accountability in platform governance.

Room: A3.15 (Moot Court Room)
Moderator: Benjamin Raue, Trier University

Moderating the Model Marketplace: Platform Governance and Open-Source AI Intermediaries (full paper here)
Michael Veale, University College London
Robert Gorwa, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Platforms as Private Governors & Transparency Reports as Legitimacy-Seeking Communications
Amanda Reid, UNC-Chapel Hill
Evan Ringel, UNC-Chapel Hill

The DSA as a Platform Accountability Framework: Illusion or Role Model?
Anna Morandini, European University Institute

Session 1B: DSA’s value in offering new sources of data for platform governance research

Room: A3.01 (Seminar Room)
Moderator: Jef Ausloos, University of Amsterdam

Towards an effective implementation of DSA researcher data access
Inge Graef, Tilburg University
Laura Edelson, Northeastern University
Filippo Lancieri, ETH Zürich

The significance of research results based on the data access rights in Art. 40(4) and (12) for the risk mitigation system in the DSA
Anna Liesenfeld, University of Freiburg

Decoding Data Access: A Stakeholder-Based Analysis of Recommendations on the Implementation of Article 40 in the Digital Services Act
Kirsty Park, Dublin City University
Rabhya Mehrotra, Yale University

Session 1C: The feasibility and operationalisation of the risk-based approach in the regulation of content moderation

Room: A5.24 (IViR Room)
Moderator: João Pedro Quintais, University of Amsterdam

Keep Your Eyes Peeled – Conducting Systemic Risk Assessments In Line With The Digital Services Act
Marie-Therese Sekwenz, TU Delft

Fast and Furious: Are Volume, Speed and Accessibility online autonomous sources of Harm?
Agustina Del Campo, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression CELE, Universidad de Palermo

Big Tech, Bigger Risks: Towards comprehensive DSA systemic risk assessments
Agne Kaarlep, Tremau
Kyooeun Jang, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication
Toshali Sengupta, Tremau

10.30 – Coffee Break | Amsterdam Law School, Hall A3.16 & A5.24 (IViR Room)

11.00 – Parallel Sessions 2

Session 2A:Challenges of realising meaningful transparency and accountability in platform governance

Room: A3.15 (Moot Court Room)
Moderator: Paddy Leerssen, University of Amsterdam

Platform Power As Prediction Power
Rainer Mühlhoff, Universität Osnabrück
Hannah Ruschemeier, FernUniversität in Hagen

How to enforce platform’s liability?
Adam Feher, University of Amsterdam

Clearing the haze: is the DSA actually forcing platforms to open up about content moderation?
Alessia Zornetta, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy; and McGill Centre for Media, Technology & Democracy

Session 2B: Impact of the DSA beyond  Europe

Room: A3.01 (Seminar Room)
Moderator: Joris van Hoboken, University of Amsterdam

Transparency Mechanisms under the Digital Services Act: Opportunities and Challenges for the Global Majority
Shobhit Shukla, National Law University Delhi
Tavishi Ahluwalia, National Law University Delhi
Shashank Mohan, National Law University Delhi

Convergence to Brussels and Berlin in Platform Regulation
Rafael Bezerra Nunes, Yale Law School

Curbing dark patterns in the DSA: what next?
Marcela Mattiuzzo, University of São Paulo

Session 2C: Relation between the DSA and fundamental rights/constitutional settings

Room: A5.24 (IViR Room)
Moderator: Eva Lievens, Ghent University

Regulation by law or by terms and conditions? Implications for the legality principle of the regulatory setting in Article 35 of the DSA
Andrea Palumbo, KU Leuven

Governing Platforms by Risk: The Constitutional Dimension of the Digital Services Act
Giovanni De Gregorio, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
Pietro Dunn, University of Bologna; and University of Luxembourg

“Illegal content” and the conflict of laws – Is it possible to apply several legal systems at once?
Franziska Katharina Mauritz, Universität Trier

12.00 – Lunch | Amsterdam Law School, Hall A3.16 & A5.24 (IViR Room)

13.00 – Parallel Sessions 3

Session 3A: Challenges of realising meaningful transparency and accountability in platform governance

Room: A3.15 (Moot Court Room)
Moderator: Chantal Joris, ARTICLE 19

Which online platforms should be regulated under Article 25 of the DSA?
Cristiana Santos, Utrecht University
Nataliia Bielova, Inria
Christine Utz, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Colin Gray,  Indiana University Bloomington
Ritika Gairola, Indiana University Bloomington
Gilles Mertens, Inria

Silenced by Default: Is the DSA a Missed Opportunity to Regulate Algorithmic Content Moderation on Online Platforms?
Valentina Golunova, Maastricht University

DSA – a game changer for healthier recommender systems? A reality check
Dorota Glowacka, Panoptykon Foundation; and University of Lodz

Session 3B: Impact of the DSA beyond Europe

Room: A3.01 (Seminar Room)
Moderator: Karolina Iwanska, European Center for Not-For-Profit Law 

Digital Services Act (DSA) and Brussels Effect. A study case about the Brazilian policy discussion centred on the draft proposal “Fake News Bill”
Thales Bueno, London School of Economics and Political Science

The Global Reach of the Digital Services Act
Marion Ho-Dac, University of Artois

Managing Systemic Risks in the EU: Brussels Effects of Article 34 DSA?
Katharina Kaesling, Dresden University of Technology

Session 3C: Enforcement authorities’ positioning in the broader landscape

Room: A5.24 (IViR Room)
Moderator: Pietro Ortolani, Radboud University 

Access to Justice in online dispute resolution: defining the criteria for certification in the DSA
Federica Casarosa, European University Institute

Putting collective intelligence to the enforcement of the Digital Services Act
Suzanne Vergnolle, CNAM

The necessity and goals of cross-border and cross-sectoral enforcement of the DSA
Simon Oles, University of Freiburg

14.00 – Coffee Break | Amsterdam Law School, Hall A3.16 & A5.24 (IViR Room)

14.20 – Parallel Sessions 4

Session 4A: Challenges of realising meaningful transparency and accountability in platform governance

Room: A3.15 (Moot Court Room)
Moderator: Max van Drunen, University of Amsterdam

Unlocking the Potential of the Digital Service Act: A Symbiotic Approach for Enhanced Academic Research and Platform Acountability
Claudio Agosti, AI Forensics
Raziye Buse Çetin, AI Forensics

What platform observability have you given us? A first look into the Statement of Reasons database
Charis Papaevangelou, University of Amsterdam
Fabio Votta, University of Amsterdam

Article 22 DSA: Building Trust with Trusted Flaggers
Jacob van de Kerkhof, Utrecht University

Session 4B: Access to justice issues for online harms

Room: A3.01 (Seminar Room)
Moderator: Anna van Duin, University of Amsterdam

Frankenstein? The Genesis and Future of Art. 21 DSA
Moritz Schramm, Humboldt-University of Berlin; and New York University

Out-of-court dispute settlement body within Art. 21 DSA: A practical approach to legal content moderation at scale
Raphael Kneer, Laboraid
Oskar von Cossel, KnowledgeTools International

Settling DSA-related Disputes Outside the Courtroom: The Opportunities and Challenges Arising from Article 21 of the Digital Services Act
Ruairí Harrison, Internet Commission; and Utrecht University
Jonathan Shipp, Internet Commission; and London School of Economics

Session 4C:Effective approaches to the problem of disinformation

Room: A5.24 (IViR Room)
Moderator: Aleksandra Kuczerawy, KU Leuven

Accountability for Disinformation: Transcending the Limitations of Platform Governance
Jayson Lamchek, Deakin University Susanne Lloyd-Jones, University of New South Wales

The DSA’s crisis response mechanism, Russian disinformation, and the 2024 EU elections
Thomas Akhurst, Tremau
Giulia Geneletti, Sciences Po

The DSA’s Red Line: What the European Commission Can and Cannot Do About Disinformation
Martin Husovec, London School of Economics

How to regulate disinformation on very large online platforms and search engines: an evidence-based approach
Rita Gsenger, Weizenbaum Institute; and Free University Berlin

15.30 – Registration and welcome reception | Amsterdam Law School, Hall A3.16

Start of the main conference (Afternoon plenary session on day 1 & curated programme on day 2)

16.00 – Opening Plenary Session | The Bridge (De Brug), Amsterdam Law School   

Opening speech – Mireille van Eechoud, Dean, Amsterdam Law School

Introduction – João Pedro Quintais, University of Amsterdam

Content Moderation at the Infrastructure Layer: A Blindspot in the Digital Services Act?
Christoph Busch, University of Osnabrück; and Yale Information Society Project

Reporting on Reporting: A Quantitative Look at Content Moderation Reporting through the DSA Transparency Database
Catalina Goanta, Utrecht University; Jacob van de Kerkhof, Utrecht University; Rishabh Kaushal, Maastricht University; Gerasimos Spanakis, Maastricht University; and Anda Iamnitchi, Maastricht University

The Law and Political Economy of Online Visibility: Market Justice in the Digital Services Act (full paper here)
Rachel Griffin, Sciences Po

Making systemic risk assessments work: How the DSA creates a virtuous loop to address the societal harms of content moderation
Niklas Eder, Oversight Board; King’s College London; and Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Moderator: Wolfgang Schulz, Hans Bredow Institute, University of Hamburg

17.30 – End of Day 1 Reception | The Bridge (De Brug), Amsterdam Law School   

Day 2 – 16 February 2024

Main conference programme (incl. plenary session on day 1) | The Bridge (De Brug), Amsterdam Law School

Morning

9:15 – 9:30      

Welcome and introduction

Joris van Hoboken (University of Amsterdam)

9:30 – 10:15

Opening keynote – The European Commission and the DSA

Rita Wezenbeek, Director Platforms, DG CNECT, European Commission

Introduction: Joris van Hoboken, University of Amsterdam

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00

Panel discussion – EU-level implementation and enforcement of the DSA

Daphne Keller, Stanford University

Jan Penfrat, EDRi

Deirdre Curtin, European University Institute

João Pedro Quintais, University of Amsterdam

Jan Gerlach, Wikimedia

Moderator: Alexandre de Streel, University of Namur

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch

Afternoon

13:00 – 13:30

Academic Keynote – How (Not) to Enforce the DSA?

Martin Husovec, London School of Economics

Introduction: Natali Helberger, University of Amsterdam

13:30 – 14:45

Lightning talks – Researching the DSA

Naomi Appelman, University of Amsterdam

Laura Edelson, Northeastern University

Oana Goga, French National Center for Scientific Research

Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam

Daria Dergacheva, University of Bremen

Moderator: Paddy Leerssen, University of Amsterdam

14:45 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 16:15

Panel discussion – National regulators and the DSA

Cateautje Hijmans van den Bergh, ACM, The Netherlands

Benoît Loutrel, ARCOM, France

John Evans, CNAM, Ireland

Moderator: Julian Jaursch, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

16:15 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30

Panel discussion – The DSA in times of crisis

Kate Klonick, St. John’s University Law School

Lorna Woods, University of Essex

Barbora Bukovska, Article 19

David Kaye, University of California, Irvine

Moderator: Mathias Vermeulen, AWO

17:30

Closing remarks – Martin Senftleben, Director, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

Organising committee of The DSA and Platform Regulation Conference 2024

Ronan Fahy
Joris van Hoboken
Paddy Leerssen
Ilaria Buri
João Pedro Quintais
Natali Helberger
Doris Buijs

Programme committee of The DSA and Platform Regulation Conference 2024

Naomi Appelman
Deirdre Curtin
Gijs van Dijk
Anna van Duin
Severine Dusollier
Mireille van Eechoud
Franz Hofmann
Jeannette Hofmann
Martin Husovec
Florence G’sell
Catalina Goanta
Inge Graef
Eva Lievens
Chantal Mak
Pietro Ortolani
Alexander Peukert
Benjamin Raue
Pamela Samuelson
Martin Senftleben
Sebastian Schwemer
Wolfgang Schultz
Alexandre de Streel
Damian Tambini
Jill Toh
Rebekah Tromble
Folkert Wilman
Lorna Woods
Nicolo Zingales

Interested?

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The DSA Observatory team can be reached by email at:

dsaobservatory-ivir@uva.nl

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