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Advancing Platform Research through the EU Digital Services Act
This panel will explore the tools the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) will offer to international researchers to better understand online platform decisions and systemic risks emanating from their operation. The DSA places far-reaching accountability measures on online platforms regarding their content moderation decisions and – where very large online platforms are concerned – the potential systemic risks posed by their operation. However, the DSA will only reach its potential if platform researchers, journalists and civil society make active use of these accountability provisions to analyze platform decisions, related systemic risks, and the effectiveness of any measures to mitigate them. This panel will bring together experts from EU policy, strategic litigation, and content moderation transparency to explore the opportunities of the DSA for advancing our knowledge about platforms and encourage researchers to enforce their newly gained rights of access to platform data.

Felix Reda (he/they)
Malte Spitz (he/him)
Adam Holland (he/they)

For more information please head to https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/advancing-platform-research-through-eu-digital-services-act

Apr 6, 2023 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Felix Reda
Felix Reda has focused his political work on copyright reform and platform regulation as a Member of the European Parliament 2014-2019. He leads the strategic litigation project control ©, designed to strengthen communication freedoms in relation to copyright law, with German fundamental rights NGO Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF). Felix is an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center.
Malte Spitz
Malte Spitz is co-founder and Secretary General of Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF)/ Society for Civil Rights, that defends fundamental and human rights by legal means. He is a member of the National Regulatory Control Council (NKR) since 2022. Malte Spitz was a Green Party politician from 2006 to 2022. In the 2021 coalition negotiations at the federal level, he chaired the "Digital Innovations and Digital Infrastructure" transition team for the Greens.
Adam Holland
Adam Holland has been the Project Manager for the Lumen database since 2012. Originally formed in 2002 as Chilling Effects, Lumen collects, studies and faciliates research on takedown notices and other legal removal requests concerning online content. In his role as project manager, Adam liaises with the platforms that contribute data to Lumen, with the researchers and others who make use of Lumen data, and works closely with Lumen PI Chris Bavitz, Lumen Research Fellow Shreya Tewari, and the BKC technology team to continue to improve the database, solidify its unique position as the Internet’s only multi-platform aggregator of takedown notice data, and offer the knowledge it has gained through over two decades working in this space.