Supporting Public Health Experts’ Vaccine Efforts – Facebook

Supporting Public Health Experts’ Vaccine Efforts – Facebook Facebook has announced that it will implement several protocols to support vaccination behaviour around the world. In particular, FB will launch a campaign encouraging Flu vaccination while we are awaiting for COVID-19 vaccine to be available. That move is to support the general health of the population…

Facebook’s Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health – AVAAZ

Facebook’s Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health – AVAAZ Avaaz uncovers health misinformation spreading networks with an estimated 3.8 billion views in the last year – and shows how to quarantine this infodemic – AVAAZ AVAAZ calls for more transparency for Facebook reporting on COVID-19 disseminated materials. In particular, the report suggests that the…

Disinformation

Assessment of the Code of Practice on Disinformation. Achievements and areas for further improvement, Brussels, 11 September 2020 The Code of Practice on Disinformation provides a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant industry actors, the Commission, and ERGA authorities. The Code sets general policy objectives, identifies relevant requirements for appropriate measures, and enables public…

Digital Education: Public consultation: Digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond

Digital Education: Public consultation: Digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond The European Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on the future of digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond. According to Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth…

Mozilla challenges the status quo and embraces openness: the position of the company on the Digital Services Act (DSA)

Mozilla challenges the status quo and embraces openness: the position of the company on the Digital Services Act (DSA) On September 7 th 2020 Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker published an open letter to the European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen, urging her “to seize a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to build a better Internet”. The…

Response to the European Commission’s “Inception Impact Assessment for Deepening the Internal Market and Clarifying Responsibilities for Digital Services”

Response to the European Commission’s “Inception Impact Assessment for Deepening the Internal Market and Clarifying Responsibilities for Digital Services” The options  proposed would take important and needed steps towards addressing illegal online content. The Digital Services Act should clarify the types of platforms and content that fall in scope; set proportionate responsibilities and obligations for…

European Commission consultation on Digital Services Act (DSA): EBF response

European Commission consultation on Digital Services Act (DSA): EBF response KEY MESSAGES: The EBF supports an ex ante regulatory approach to large online platforms, securing fair competition in a digitally transformed market The EBF agrees that the regulatory approach should include clear obligations and prohibited practices for large online platforms The EBF advocates the formulation…

EBU RESPONSE TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT

EBU RESPONSE TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT Platforms mainly have tried to create transparency but have not taken enough action to avoid these problems since their main interest is to commercialise content and user data. Some platforms responded, with moderate and unequal success, to the Commission’s call to take…

FACEBOOK RESPONSE TO EC PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT (DSA)

FACEBOOK RESPONSE TO EC PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT (DSA) While Facebook supports regulation requiring digital platforms to have systems in place to address content that is unlawful, a homogenous one-size-fits-all approach is not a viable solution. Obligations should be proportionate in relation to the nature and characteristics of the service, and include…

GOOGLE: Digital Services Act package: open public Consultation

GOOGLE: Digital Services Act package: open public Consultation Google’s response to the European Commission’s consultation on the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the New Competition Tool (NCT) : We recognise that the evolution of the Internet has prompted the European Commission and EU national governments to consider  updating the regulatory framework governing online services. At…

IBM: How to make Europe’s digital transformation responsible and accountable

How to make Europe’s digital transformation responsible and accountable In its position IBM underlines that governments, and citizens, in particular, are demanding that technology companies take more responsibility for the societal effects their services can have on children, on civic dialogue, on elections, or in facilitating criminal or terrorist activity. With greater digitalisation comes an…

CDTEU Response to the European Commission Consultation on the Digital Services Act

CDTEU Response to the European Commission Consultation on the Digital Services Act The Centre for Democracy and Technology’s EU Office (CDTEU) stresses that the EC consultation involves also a review of the E-Commerce Directive. The importance of maintaining a clear and strong intermediary liability framework at the heart of the DSA is crucial. CDTEU recommends…

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S CONSULTATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT PACKAGE

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S CONSULTATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT PACKAGE According to Amnesty International the new package will be a major opportunity to significantly curtail the surveillance-based business model of the dominant online platforms that undermines privacy and other rights of users all around Europe and worldwide on a daily basis.…

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms he European Digital Rights (EDRI) requests the European Commission to provide measures that break open the centralised platform economy, introduce strong transparency requirements, and guarantee effective regulatory oversight. The Digital Services Act provides the chance to entrench a digital economy that respects…

DIGITAL SME: The Digital Services Act: SMEs need a more open and competitive internet ecosystem

The Digital Services Act: SMEs need a more open and competitive internet ecosystem The DIGITAL SME position paper calls for targeted measures to empower SMEs. The purpose is to deal effectively with the real concerns related to large platforms, while at the same time to allow smaller businesses to thrive without additional burdens. European policymakers…