Digital Services Act

New rules for the internet: with the Digital Services Act, Europe is stipulating new rules for internet services and platforms. They are urgently needed. In recent years, the internet has evolved from being a vibrant garden of freedom to a world dominated by just a few conglomerates who mark out the paths, where the recommendation mechanisms of Google, Facebook, Amazon and co. pose highly dangerous risks to our democracy through misinformation, hatred and rabble-rousing. We want a free and democratic internet where public debate is not controlled by profit interests.

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4.March 2021

The Three Question Marks Behind Google’s Announcement

Google’s announcement is the company’s attempt to save its image and cement its monopoly. It reinforces my determination that in Europe, we should put an end to the abusive business of targeting advertisement altogether

2.March 2021

The DSA: Part #06 – Effective, uniform reporting procedure for illegal content

An EU-wide, harmonised reporting channel (Notice and Action) would offer users, civil society, journalists and fact checkers an effective option for combating illegal content.

21.January 2021

The DSA: Part #05 – Social Media Councils: Power to the people!

Who actually decides which people can publish their opinions on social networks? Neither companies nor governments can be entrusted with these difficult considerations. It is up to civil society.

15.December 2020

Commission proposal for the Digital Services Act first step to stop manipulative business model

The EU Commission makes many good proposals in the DSA, but it is questionable whether they will solve the underlying problem.

14.December 2020

How Europe is reconquering the digital marketplace

With strong rules and transparent mechanisms, we can change the digital world for good and strengthen the fundamental rights of EU citizens.

30.October 2020

Event // Digital Platform: Digital Services Act (DSA) special

Save the date for this special event series on the upcoming Digital Services Act.

29.October 2020

The DSA: Part #04 Better connected through interoperability

This article is the fourth in a series on the law by which the European Union intends to establish new rules for the Internet, the “Digital Services Act” (DSA).

19.October 2020

The DSA: #03 Ad tech: how targeted advertising harms the internet, the free press and our democracy

This article is the third in a series on an upcoming EU legislative proposal, the Digital Services Act (DSA) that aims at defining new rules for the internet.

12.October 2020

The DSA: #02 Why we need algorithmic transparency

This article is the second in a series on an upcoming EU legislative proposal, the Digital Services Act (DSA) that aims at defining new rules for the internet.

9.October 2020

The DSA: #01 What it is and why it is important

This article is the first in a series on the Digital Services Act (DSA). Watch this space for the next articles on my priorities in the DSA: Algorithmic transparency for recommender systems, ad tech and limitations to massive data exploitation, interoperability and unbundling to break up big tech monopolies, user rights via notice and action […]

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