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EU, US, and Australia’s Approach to Regulating Online Platforms

EU, US, and Australia’s Approach to Regulating Online Platforms

The EDMO consortium partner Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) will host a panel discussion titled “EU, US, and Australia’s Approach to Regulating Online Platforms” at the 9th European Communication Conference – ECREA 2022 in Aarhus, Denmark on October 22, 2022 from 09:00 – 10:30 AM CEST.

The panel will include four presentations:

Regulating News and Disinformation on Digital Platforms: A case of Australia

Timothy Dwyer | The University of Sydney & Derek Wilding, University of Technology Sydney

This presentation, based on a recent publication, contrasts the voluntary, self-regulatory approach that the Australian government has used for disinformation with the statutory model used for the news code – with the twist that significant revenue has flowed from platforms to publishers simply because of the prospect that the news code will apply.

EU legislative matrix to tackle disinformation and towards platforms accountability

Konrad Bleyer-Simon | European University Institute

Through the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the Digital Services Act, and other legislative and policy instruments, the EU is working on a pan-European response to disinformation and on making platforms more transparent and accountable for their actions. Some member states are developing their own approaches.

When platforms self-report: Lessons learnt from “COVID-19 reports”

Maren Beaufort | Austrian Academy of Sciences

While the original intent of the European regulatory approach was to evaluate laws and policies related to elections, the COVID -19 pandemic and subsequent “infodemic” provided another relevant trigger for policies related to disinformation based on platform self-reporting.

What are we thinking about when we talk about co-regulation?

Elda Brogi | European University Institute and Iva Nenadic| European University Institute and University of Zagreb

The Digital Services Act aims to provide a framework for transparency and accountability for online platforms and establishes co-regulation as the desired form of regulation in dealing with harmful online content. Co-regulation is often presented as the most appropriate option for regulating platforms, but is rarely implemented in the context of platforms that manage information. This presentation also addresses the capabilities and competencies of media authorities to engage in regulation.

The panel and the discussion will be chaired by Iva Nenadic. It will be followed by an ECREA post-conference on digital media and information disorders on October 24.

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