Internet Society: DSA Open Consultation Response
The Internet Society welcomes the Commission’s efforts to develop new and revised rules to harmonise and deepen the Single Market for digital services . As a global non-profit organisation founded by the Internet’s pioneers and with a mission for an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet, the Internet Society bridges the gap between policy and technology. We contribute to regulatory initiatives, like this one, by offering insights into how policy makers can make informed decisions, which will allow the Internet to continue to evolve. In this context, we would like to submit the following recommendations in response to thecritical issues raised in this consultation. We hope our contribution will provide guidance to the Commission to ensure the DSA can help attain the policy objectives for a strong Digital Single Market in Europe while avoiding unintended consequences for the Internet.The Internet has radically transformed our lives for the better and has proved its importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. People communicate, collaborate and share ideas across borders at the press of a key. While protecting people online from illegal or ‘harmful’ content is a priority, rushed and unfocused proposals could fundamentally damage the Internet’s architecture and the ecosystem that supports it. To this end, the Internet Society strongly advocates for a regulatory risk impact assessment to analyse the potential impact such proposals can have on the Internet.While we recognize that it is necessary to have a conversation about the relevance of the E-Commerce Directive, it is crucial to understand that a one-size-fits-all approach cannot workin this new framework. As the Commissions suggests, the Internet of today is fundamentally different from the Internet in 2000; new actors and new services have emerged, creating a much more complex ecosystem. It is now becoming obvious that a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities each actor plays,is necessary before proceeding to any form of regulatory action.
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