What will Europe’s digital economy look like after the Digital Services Act?
The Digital Services Act (DSA) is the most significant update of Europe’s digital rules in over two decades. The European Commission sees the DSA as being a core plank of making Europe fit for the Digital Age. But what does this mean in practice, and does the DSA fit the bill?
According to the Commission, the new rules are proportionate, foster innovation, growth and competitiveness, and facilitate the scaling up of smaller platforms, SMEs and start-ups. The responsibilities of users, platforms, and public authorities are rebalanced according to European values, placing citizens at the centre.
The Digital Services Act includes rules for online intermediary services, which millions of Europeans use every day. The obligations of different online players match their role, size and impact in the online ecosystem.
The EU institutions are now entering the final phase of negotiations following an intense legislative process in the European Parliament which saw a number of new amendments proposed. These amendments covered a wide range of issues that will have significant implications for how we use and interact with online services for years to come.
Join this EURACTIV Debate to discuss the DSA and its impact on Europe’s digital economy. Questions to be discussed include:
- What will change for users of online services?
- Will online marketplaces continue to function effectively with the proposed KYBC and product requirements?
- How will ‘user redress’ work?
- What effect will content moderation requirements have on user content?
- Can the data protection and data access requirements operate in parallel?
- What will digital advertising look like?
Brussels Network Office - International Press Centre
1 Bd Charlemagne // 2nd floor
Sandro Gozi MEP, Member IMCO Committee, European Parliament
Joan Barata, Intermediary Liability Fellow, Programme on Platform Regulation, Stanford Cyber Policy Center
Asha Allen, Advocacy Director for Europe, Online Expression and Civic Space, Centre for Democracy and Technology
Siada El Ramly, Director General, Dot Europe
Jennifer Baker, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:30 – 14:35 Welcome
14:35 – 14:50 Panellist statements
14:50 – 15:40 Discussion and Q&A
15:40 – 15:45 Closing statements
Attention must be paid to the global, not just European, impacts of the Digital Services Act (DSA), stakeholders have stressed, as the landmark platform regulation reaches its final legislative stretch.