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 obligation for greater responsibility. Having this in mind IBM fully supports the need to establish new rules to frame the responsibilities of online services. In addition the DSA represents an opportunity to build greater trust and responsibility in technology in general, which is critical for all businesses operating in the digital sector.
After consultation, feedback from stakeholders will continue through targeted meetings and public events. The legislative proposal is due at the end of 2020 or early 2021. This proposal is expected to be high profile and controversial, given that it affects large companies, politically sensitive debates like misinformation or election interference, privacy-related concerns and the contemporary trend toward digitalisation and heavy reliance on digital platforms. Similar debates in the United States will inevitably also influence how the EU discussions evolve. The negotiations on the DSA will likely continue until 2023-2025.
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