Program on Platform Regulation

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About

The Program on Platform Regulation focuses on current or emerging law governing Internet platforms, with an emphasis on laws’ consequences for the rights and interests of Internet users and the public.

Planned Work

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Platform Regulation “Interstices” Event

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Platform Regulation “Interstices” Event

A closed door workshop and perhaps public panels focused on problems and opportunities we may be missing in areas of overlap between major legal approaches to platform regulation, including competition, privacy, communications, and intermediary liability.
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Media Regulation Event

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Media Regulation Event

An expert convening of academics, civil society leaders, and regulators in Europe to discuss lawmakers’ increasing reliance on media regulation laws as a model for platform regulation. The event will focus in particular on the UK Online Harms White Paper and the EU’s new Audio Visual Media Services Directive – which gives Ireland’s tiny media regulator unprecedented power over YouTube, Facebook and other major platforms.
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Latin American Judges Event

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Latin American Judges Event

A Silicon Valley visit and educational event, organized with UNESCO, of judges from Latin American national supreme or constitutional courts.
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Transparency and Data Protection Project

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Transparency and Data Protection Project

A research project, to identify paths forward to meaningful transparency about platform content removal or ranking practices consistent with the GDPR and other data protection laws.
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Amplification Research Project

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Amplification Research Project

Research and writing on potential regulation of platforms’ algorithmic content ranking or amplification. This project will examine potential legal frameworks and approaches to amplification, asking questions such as: Should platforms’ assertion, in US litigation, that ranking decisions constitute their own “speech” affect their immunity for unlawful user content? If recommendation algorithms on ad-driven platforms are designed to give users what they want, by responding to users’ own viewing and clicking behavior, who should have power to override that perceived demand – and on what basis?
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Ongoing Policy Engagement

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Ongoing Policy Engagement

Consultation with lawmakers, collaboration with civil society organizations, public interest advocacy, and academic research and publication relating to developments such as proposed laws in the United States (amendments to Communications Decency Act 230, for example), Europe (Digital Services Act, Terrorist Content Regulation), and elsewhere (India’s revised Intermediaries Guidelines).
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Teaching

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Teaching

In the law school, repeat 2019’s Regulating Internet Speech Platforms course (syllabus here) or offer other classes examining intermediary liability laws and other current and proposed legal approaches to the regulation of online platforms.

Leadership

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Daphne Keller

Director of Program on Platform Regulation, Cyber Policy Center
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Daphne Keller

Director of Program on Platform Regulation, Cyber Policy Center