Internet Governance Forum 2022



November 30, 2022

Subject tag: Advertising | Algorithmic systems | Disinformation and misinformation | Platform transparency | Terrorism and violent extremism

Despite online platforms’ relevance for democratic mobilisation, trade, and social participation, platforms’ architecture and algorithmic functioning have often been criticised for several problematic practices, including the weaponization of harmful and unlawful speech, political micro-targeting, and profiling techniques, maximization of disinformation, etc. The relevance of such matters is increasingly occupying the public debate, with several national/regional legal reforms under discussion. Nevertheless, initiatives to tackle those issues are often focusing on the content level, neglecting the infrastructural perspective that could significantly generate more profound changes regarding the asymmetries of power and information between platform users and platform providers – for instance focusing on strong interoperability provisions. In addition, governments have been attempting a variety of ad-hoc solutions with the goal of protecting digital sovereignty, which may likely lead to the fragmentation of the Internet. This tendency and the lack of shared rules promoting a harmonized and user-centred approach to platform governance and fostering interoperability create a wide range of negative externalities such as data concentration, censorship, conflicts of jurisdiction, increasing complexity, making compliance more challenging, and threatening users’ autonomy. The DCPR 2022 session will explore how platform governance may improve the current scenario. Speakers will be encouraged to discuss how guidelines can be proposed to orient policymakers in creating a more trustworthy and inclusive digital environment, fostering user control, and interoperability