With this event we continue the distinguished conversation series “Insights and Power” in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut. The event will be streamed live on the HIIG website. No registration is required.
The Digital Services Act (DSA) is making great strides towards coming into force. The EU Parliament has just given its approval. Although it will still take until 2024 for the Digital Services Act to come into force, national implementation has already begun. The key question is: Who should take on the central role of digital services coordinator in Germany? This new role requires competence in media law, data protection law, consumer law and network law. Do we need a new authority? Should the tasks be distributed? Do we need completely new supervisory structures? Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz will discuss these and other questions concerning the national implementation of the DSA with Dr. Tobias Schmid, Director of the State Media Authority NRW, on 22 September and with Dr. Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice Presidentin of the Bundesnetzagentur in Bonn, on 29 September.
The Future of Platform Supervision: On the Implementation of the DSA in Germany
Wilhelm Eschweiler in conversation with Wolfgang Schulz
Thursday, September 29 2022 | 6.00 pm
Livestream | hiig.de
The event will be held in English and moderated by Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann.
Wilhelm Eschweiler has been Vice President of the Federal Network Agency in Bonn since May 2014 and is responsible for telecommunications and railways. Before that, he was head of the “European ICT Policy” unit at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy since 2007. From 2002 to 2006, he was head of the department “International Telecommunications and Postal Policy” there.
Wolfgang Schulz is Director of the Leibniz Institute for Media Research │ Hans Bredow Institute (HBI) and holds the university professorship “Media Law and Public Law including its Theoretical Foundations” at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg. Since February 2012, he has been Research Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). His work emphasises the freedom of communication, problems of legal regulation with regard to media contents, questions of law in new media, above all in digital television, and the legal bases of journalism, but also the jurisprudential bases of freedom of communication and the implications of the changing public sphere on law.
About the Insights and Power conversation series
A key challenge to good platform governance is the existence of knowledge asymmetries between governance actors. Platforms, scientists, civil society, regulators all know different things and have different perspectives on key elements like socio-technical platform architectures, incentive structures, norm production systems, algorithmic tools, and user behaviour.
Therefore “Insights and Power: Internet Scientists meet Decision-Makers” is a series of workshops and public-facing events that put key internet scientists in conversation with platform leaders. Together they will enquire what action knowledge is essential for impact-oriented platform research, how knowledge transfer to platforms and regulators can happen and how cross-disciplinary, international platform research can succesfully be financed and conducted. In light of the growing body of research on how platforms develop rules, and how public values should be integrated into private orders, three Kantian questions remain for platform governance research and practice: What can scientists know? What should platforms do? What can governments hope for?
The Conversation Series is organised by the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut and the Global Network for Internet and Society Research Centres, uniting more than 100 research centers of excellence on internet and society. HBI has recently established a Private Ordering Observatory, a Digital Disinformation Hub and a Social Media Observatory. HIIG has recently established the Platform Governance Archive.