Digital Transformation of Decision-Making

A research initiative of the Amsterdam Law School

Deplatforming Politicians and the Implications for Europe

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As part of their GDC-funded project, Ronan Fahy, together with Judith Möller and Rocco Bellanova, wrote a blog post in response to the highly controversial suspension of Donald Trump’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and its implications on freedom of expression in Europe. They briefly discuss how upcoming regulatory reform in Europe may reign-in this platform power over online expression.
View the blog post here .

Event: Further Exploration of Europe’s Digital Services Act, Stanford Cyber Policy Center

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With the success of the first webinar on 27 January 2021, the Cyber Policy Center at Stanford has organised a follow up session on 10 February 2021. Joris van Hoboken, together with Daphne Keller and Guillermo Beltra, will join the Cyb er Policy Center for another session that will allow for more in-depth conversations about the proposed EU Digital Service Act and Digital Markets Act.
10 February 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) Register here .

New Project: Digital Platforms and the Digitisation of Expression and Surveillance

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A new Global Digital Cultures (University of Amsterdam) funded research project, Digital Platforms and the Digitisation of Expression and Surveillance, kicked off in January 2021. The project examines the troubling wave of regulation sweeping across Europe targeting public expression on online platforms, the role of platforms in the facilitation of government surveillance, and how platform practices shape information dissemination. As such, the project casts a light on how platforms’ specific digitisat…

NEW REPORT: Notions of Disinformation and Related Concepts (ERGA)

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The report on Disinformation and Related Concepts was commissioned by the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA). It aims to provide an overview of the current research on disinformation and related concepts across EU Member States, concluding with potential recommendations. DTDM researchers Ronan Fahy and Natali Helberger contributed to the report.
The report addresses the following points: (a) Identify and clarify the conceptual definitions of disinformation, misinformat…

Event: Quantum Delta Netherlands Launch

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The Quantum Netherlands Network was launched on 28 January 2021. Joris van Hoboken led a session on “Societal impact driving quantum technology innovation ” together with Victor Land, Deborah Nas, Julia Cramer, and Daniël Frijters. The presentation and discussion focused on The Living Lab Quantum and Society. There can be immense societal benefits as quantum technologies potentially alter our daily lives, in areas such as medicine, energy and finance. However, these developments could pose significant…

Event: Europe’s Digital Services Act, Stanford Cyber Policy Center

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The Cyber Policy Center at Stanford hosted a webinar on the EU’s Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act on 27 January 2020. Joris van Hoboken was part of a distinguished group of experts which included Daphne Keller (Director of the Center for Internet and Society), Guillermo Beltrà Navarro (European Union’s Digital Policy Lead), Eliška Pírková (Access Now’s Europe Policy Analyst) and moderated by Stanford Cyber Policy Center’s Marietje Schaake (International Policy Director and former Member of…

Conference: Privacy Camp 2021

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On 26 January 2021, Joris van Hoboken and Jill Toh, moderated two separate sessions at Privacy Camp 2021, an annual conference held the day before the start of CPDP 2021. Joris van Hoboken moderated a workshop “Teach me how to hurdle: Empowering data subjects beyond the template “, with Olivier Matter (EDPS Office), René Mahieu (LSTS/VUB), Safa Ghnaim (Tactical Tech) and Ana Pop Stefanija, (SMIT, VUB). The workshop explored ways in which individuals can self-organise and help each other, or help others…

Event: PEPTalk#1: Big Tech Platform Power

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On 17 December 2020, Naomi Appelman engaged in a discussion with Paddy Leerssen and Marijn Sax (moderator) on the regulation of platform power at the first PEPTalk. As the power of Big Tech platforms proliferates, regulators in the US and EU have been flexing their regulatory powers (or not). The session gave a primer about the recently announced Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act from the European Commission. PEPTalk is a monthly multi-disciplinary talk organised by the Platform for the Ethi…

NEW REPORT: Legal Routes for the Speedy Removal of Unlawful Online Content

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The study was conducted in the context of the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection’s agenda in order to improve the position of victims of unlawful online content. The report provides insight into the legal and practical feasibility of a provision for the removal of unlawful online content that affects people personally. The purpose of the research is to enable people to remove unlawful online content as quickly as possible. It focuses on unlawful content that affects people, and thus falls under the ri…

INTERVIEW: Naomi Appelman addresses complexities of removing harmful content

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Internet bullying is on the rise, and the Dutch government has been exploring possibilities to combat harms on the internet. Naomi Appelman speaks to Trouw about the complexities of removing unlawful harmful content, as part of the new report commissioned by the Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) of the Ministry of Justice and Security. Read the article here .