Content moderation on the Internet infrastructure level – Where does censorship begin? – WS 09 2021

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29 June 2021 | 16:30-17:30 CEST | Studio D
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Working title: Content moderation on the Internet infrastructure level – Where does censorship begin?
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Session teaser

Content moderation on the Internet infrastructure level can be wrought with problems. The EU Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal addresses providers of services establishing and facilitating the underlying logical architecture and proper functioning of the Internet, including technical auxiliary functions. This workshop explores the current and future role of providers of Internet infrastructure (wireless networks, DNS service providers, TLD registries, certificate authorities, content delivery networks and others) in content moderation and how it is being addressed in the proposed DSA.

Session description

Interfering with non-content layers of the Internet in order to censor contents, especially those on social media platforms, is an ongoing reality in some parts of Europe. In a way, the workshop provides a counterpoint to the discourse about restraining the excessive power of platforms, and presents cases where global platforms are instrumental in maintaining freedom of expression in a tightly controlled domestic digital environment.

At this workshop the two different realities of what is behind the concept at issue are presented side by side. There will be a contrast, but the workshop also offers opportunities to look for a minimum of common ground and to preset ideas of how to avoid at least unintended disruptions of service and damage to the infrastructure.

The workshop will be structured around three main themes:

  1. Stocktaking: what is the current picture of content moderation at non-content layers (what do we know; what do we not know)?
  2. Problem identification: what are issues around moderation at non-content layers (legal, technical, societal)?
  3. Regulatory landscape: how is self-regulation looking? How does the Digital Services Act proposal suggest to mitigate issues (what is good/bad, what is missing)?


The workshop will take place online. Key participants have been invited to give a short intervention followed by an interactive facilitated discussion with the audience.

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Focal Point

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  • Sebastian Felix Schwemer

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Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

  • Polina Malaja
  • Yrjö Länsipuro

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  • Vittorio Bertola
  • Giacomo Mazzone
  • Collin Kurre
  • Claire Pershan
  • Velimira Grau
  • Vladislav Ivanets

Key Participants

  • European Commission (TBC)
  • Dr. Corinne Cath, Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford
  • Petra Arts, Senior Manager Public Policy, Europe, Cloudflare
  • Polina Malaja, Policy Advisor, Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (Centr)
  • Corynne McSherry, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


  • Sebastian Felix Schwemer, Associate Professor, Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR), University of Copenhagen

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  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
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  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

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