Best practices of self- and co-regulation of platforms towards a legal framework – WS 12 2021

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30 June 2021 | 12:15-13:15 CEST | Studio Belgrade | Video recording | Live transcription
Consolidated programme 2021 overview / Day 2

Proposals: #23 #52

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Session teaser

As pressures mount for EU and/or national level regulation large social media platforms, Workshop 12 reviews self- and co-regulation initiatives by platforms, evaluates them and discusses their interaction with other actors, such as regulators, other media, and users.

Session description

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Structure of the workshop

GIP summary of the meeting || 4'
Moderators’ introduction 3'
4 speakers: 7’ each average
  • A case of multistakeholder model for platform governance that specifically focusses on reducing extremist content on social media platforms (Christchurch call)
  • A case study of an self-regulatory body
  • The regulatory approach across Europe
  • A case study of multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary approach
Debate with the audience 15'
Moderators’ Final recommendations and Conclusions 10'
Total duration 60'

Further reading

About the functioning of Self Regulation and Co-regulation systems:

About the comments moderations:

About self-regulation national organizations (TV, printed media, internet – the German case):

About platforms self-regulation model:

About regulatory approach across Europe:

Useful web sites


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Focal Points

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  • Giacomo Mazzone, Eurovisioni
  • Giovanni De Gregorio

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Subject Matter Expert (SME)

  • Yrjö Länsipuro

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  • Aleksandra Ivanković, Internet Society & YCIG
  • Giacomo Mazzone, Eurovisioni
  • Juuso Järviniemi, Student at College of Europe, Federal Committee member of the Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe)
  • Giovanni De Gregorio
  • Vittorio Bertola, Open-Xchange
  • Mira Milosevic
  • Farzaneh Badii
  • Claire Pershan, EU DisinfoLab
  • Jutta Croll
  • Lewis McQuarrie / Collin Kurre
  • Paul Ash
  • David Reid

Key Participants

  • Paul Ash, coordinator of the Christchurch call, New Zealand Government
REPLACING Giovanni De Gregorio, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, University of Oxford, GDRH Global network of HR research on self and co-regulation
Paul Ash is the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Cyber and Digital. He works closely with the technology sector and cyber and digital agencies in New Zealand and globally. Paul supported PM Ardern and the French side leading the development of the Christchurch Call to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, and continues to lead on this work within the New Zealand Government. He has previously served as the Director for National Security Policy and the National Cyber Policy Office, as Deputy Head of Mission in Brussels, and on diplomatic postings and secondments in the Solomon Islands, Beijing, and Taipei.
  • Cherine Chalaby, member of Board of Trustees at FB oversight board
  • Lewis McQuarrie, International Policy Manager OFCOM UK
Lewis McQuarrie is a policy manager in the international team at Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator. He works on media and online policy issues, with a particular focus on new rules for video-sharing platforms which came into effect in the UK last year. He acted as lead drafter and project manager for Ofcom’s report into monitoring the voluntary Code of Practice on disinformation published in February. He represents Ofcom at EPRA, the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities, leading their work on media plurality in online media.
  • Paula Gori, Secretary General EDMO

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  • Mira Milosevic, GFMD
Mira Milosevic is the Executive Director at Brussels-based Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). She leads GFMD’s engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as GFMD’s international efforts advocating for the sustainability of journalism and news media. Mira frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, economy, technology, and human rights. Before joining GFMD, she authored the World Press Trends reports, the most authoritative global source of data and analysis on the international newspaper industry, managed Media Development Programmes at WAN-IFRA, served as Chief Platform Officer at Indie Voices, and as Director of Belgrade-based Media Center. Mira holds a BA in Economics and MA in Communication; she has started her career as a journalist.
  • Elena Perotti, WAN-IFRA
Elena Perotti is Executive Director of Media Policy and Public Affairs at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers. She is responsible for identifying and studying major public affairs issues within the news industry, and is leader and/or author of all research output of the department. Elena is also in charge of the News Literacy initiatives, and of interaction and liaison with WAN-IFRA’s governing boards, as well as with national and regional member associations, and international bodies. 

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  • are summarised on a slide and presented to the audience at the end of each session
  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  • are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

Current discussion, conference calls, schedules and minutes

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  • Liberal approaches of governments towards online platforms at the start of the platform economy led to the rise of platform power to influence the public sphere. Though we have soft law arrangements like voluntary codes of conduct to regulate harmful content, they are not sufficient to address serious problems like extremist content and disinformation while ensuring the right to free speech.
  • Self-regulation, co-regulation, and multistakeholder/multidisciplinary governance models are challenged with the need to reconcile different accountability and power structures that exist within them. Of additional importance, they should have internal and external legitimacy.
  • Externally, a governance model must be recognised for the quality and timeliness of its decisions; internally, it has to have robust checks and balances.
  • There should be a global collaborative effort in the form of dialogic regulation between governments, tech companies, and civil society to develop a solution grounded in human rights that will address disinformation and harmful content.

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