Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility
Round Table - U-shape - 90 Min
Despite online platforms’ relevance for democratic mobilisation, trade and social participation, platforms' architecture and algorithmic functioning have often been criticised for several problematic practices, including the weaponization of harmful and unlawful speech, political micro-targeting, and profiling techniques, maximization of disinformation, etc. The relevance of such matters is increasingly occupying the public debate, with several national/regional legal reforms under discussion. Nevertheless, initiatives to tackle those issues are often focusing on the content level, neglecting the infrastructural perspective that could significantly generate more profound changes regarding the asymmetries of power and information between platform users and platform providers – for instance focusing on strong interoperability provisions. In addition, governments have been attempting a variety of ad-hoc solutions with the goal of protecting digital sovereignty, which may likely lead to the balkanization of the Internet. The tendency towards fragmentation and the lack of shared rules promoting a harmonized and user-centred approach to platform governance and fostering interoperability create a wide range of negative externalities such as data concentration, censorship, conflicts of jurisdiction, increasing complexity, making compliance more challenging, and threatening users' autonomy. The DCPR 2022 session will explore how platform governance may improve the current scenario. Speakers will be encouraged to discuss how guidelines can be proposed to orient policymakers in creating a more trustworthy and inclusive digital environment, fostering user control, and interoperability.
The session will be open to questions both from on-site and online participants – the organizers have extensive experience in conducting and moderating similar sessions (e.g. the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility at IGF 2020). The session will also be live-tweeted from the institutional accounts of the Center for Technology and Society (@CTS_FGV) and the CyberBRICS project (@BRICSCyber) by other staff members.
Luca Belli, Center for Technology and Society, FGV Law School Yasmin Curzi, Center for Technology and Society, FGV Law School
- Oli Bird, OFCOM
- Ian Brown, CyberBRICS Visiting Prof, FGV
- Nicolas Suzor, Oversight Board (TBC)
- Emma Llanso, Center for Democracy & Technology
- Courtney Radsch, Centre for International Governance Innovation
- Vittorio Bertola, Head of Policy and Innovation at Open-Xchange
- Rolf Weber, University of Zürich
- Monika Zalnieriute, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at UNSW Sydney
Moderators: Luca Belli & Yasmin Curzi, CTS-FGV
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Targets: In the last few years, we have seen a growing trend towards the monopolisation of communication mediated by applications, such as WhatsApp - the ensuing market concentration generates risks both for privacy and other users' rights since users are heavily discouraged from migrating to other platforms. The consolidation of this monopoly could exacerbate the already sharp inequalities between North and South countries in the technology sector, by inhibiting the entrance of new actors (for instance, new companies and organisations from the global South) into this market. A potential solution for mitigating the market concentration is through industrial diversification by platform interoperability. Discussing the means and methods by which such measures could be implemented by governments and international organisations is of vital interest in an increasingly technology-reliant society.