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Wednesday, June 12 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Citizens or Users? Building the global resistance against platform monopolies

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The session will be a unique opportunity to address the issue of fundamental rights in platforms society from 3 various, but complementary perspectives: international, regional (European) and national (Polish). Digital platforms are said to facilitate and shape human interactions, thus becoming important cultural, economic and social actors. Increasingly rooted in the daily life of many individuals, platforms monetize social interactions. Many sectors and social practices are being “platformised”, from public health to security, from news to entertainment services. While the companies offering platform services are increasingly the target of regulative action, not all of those actions take into account fundamental rights arguments. We believe that there is room for the discussion on the role of platforms in the system of fundamental rights protection. The question is how to regulate platforms (or self-regulate) in order to make sure that they comply with fundamental rights. The speakers will elaborate on recent regulatory actions on various levels - while evaluating the various responses by authorities, best and worst practices will be selected. Since the session will be a fireside chat, all participants will be welcomed to share their questions and remarks.

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Diego Naranjo

Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (EDRi)

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Mariana Valente

Director, InternetLab
Director of InternetLab, where I do research around human rights and the Internet; Internet regulation; Gender and Tech; Access to knowledge and Copyright.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
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