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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Platforms, free speech, and pluralism: Is there a role to play for media authorities?

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Digital technologies and online platforms have provided space and tools for more diverse voices and viewpoints to be heard. They have also amplified risks, including to exposure diversity by algorithmically filtering and personalising news on offer, and of disinformation and hate speech due to the viral potential of the network. Globally, different regulatory, co-regulatory and self-regulatory initiatives are attempting to combat these threats. Many of them have faced criticism for entrusting private companies with responsibilities to police online speech, without timely public auditing and an efficient appeal mechanism. Often it is very difficult, if at all possible, to unilaterally decide whether or not certain content should be categorised as illegal, intended to deceive, or fall under the protection of freedom of expression. So far, the role of media authorities has been very limited if at all visible in relation to the above-mentioned challenges. This session aims to understand whether the existing media authorities are capable and well positioned to take over a challenging task of monitoring platform behaviour when it comes to free speech and pluralism? Or do we need a specific multidisciplinary authority to perform this role?

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Iva Nenadic

(Florence) and Faculty of Political Science (Zagreb), European University Institute
I research and teach journalism, news production, media pluralism and media policy in the times of big data, automation, artificial intelligence and personalisation. I take part in the expert workshops and debates that center around these issues - in the EU and beyond. In my previous... Read More →

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Elda Brogi

Scientific coordinator, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Institute
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Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha

Research Associate, European University Institute
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Lubos Kuklis

Chief Executive, Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission
•Ľuboš Kukliš has been Chief Executive at the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission of Slovakia since 2006.•He is the Council’s representative in European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), where he serves as an ERGA Chair.•In 2016-2017 he chaired... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Adean (Palais)