Platforms and Online Content

Online platforms are an essential part of the modern-day economic and social activities. After the measures taken against the Covid-19 pandemic all over the world, they became even more crucial for the daily lives of people living in countries with widespread internet connection. Given this ever-increasing role, online platforms raise challenging questions concerning governance and regulation. In fact, addressing the problems such as dissemination of false, hateful, manipulative, or criminal content, and tackling unfair economic practices are pressing priorities for policy makers.  

In this dossier, the Chair investigates the issues relating to the governance and regulation of online platforms by looking into the legislative proposals, public policies, administrative and judicial decisions surrounding them. 

Additional contributions are available on the French version of this page.

10 June 2024

[CALL FOR PAPERS] A critical study of policy initiatives requiring online age verification

A CRITICAL STUDY OF POLICY INITIATIVES REQUIRING ONLINE AGE VERIFICATION Deadline July 7th 2024 Sciences Po Digital, Governance and Sovereignty […]
4 June 2024

[POLICY BRIEF] Social Media Reset, by Dominique Boullier

Social Media Reset: Redesigning the infrastructure of digital propagation to cut the chains of contagion As governments face the tremendous […]
6 May 2024

[INTERVIEW] What impact will AI have on media? Interview with Craig Forman

Interview by Eléonore de Vulpillières Will AI kill the press or allow it to improve? In this interview, Craig Forman […]
19 April 2024

[INTERVIEW] European Personal Data in the USA: a transatlantic legal saga, with Florence G’sell

In this exclusive series of 3 video-interviews, Professor Florence G’sell, Sciences Po Digital Governance and Sovereignty Chairholder, delves into the […]
25 July 2023

[STUDENT POLICY BRIEF] Has the time come to end anonymity on social media?

By Lorenzo Ancona, Gabriel Karl, Arnau Martì & Wiktor Samek The Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair publishes, on a regular […]
27 June 2023

[STUDENT ESSAY] In the Age of Tech Giants, Is Meta on a Treacherous Path?

By Trinabh Banerjee The Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair will now publish, on a regular basis, the finest essays and […]
8 June 2023

[STUDENT ESSAY] Filter Bubbles and their impact on Social Media

By Giovanna Hajdu Hungria da Custódia “Personalised outreach gives better bang for the political buck.” – Eli Pariser, The Filter […]
2 June 2023

[STUDENT ESSAY] Bridging the Bargaining Power Gap: Protecting News Media in the Digital Age 

By Milan Wiertz The Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair now publishes, on a regular basis, the finest essays and papers […]
20 May 2023

[ARTICLE] The Supreme Court of the United States dismisses the liability of social media platforms for hosting terrorist content

On May 18, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on two highly debated cases. In both cases, social media networks were accused of facilitating the organization of terrorist attacks by failing to effectively combat terrorist content on their platforms. As a result, their responsibility was called into question.
16 March 2023

[CONTRIBUTION] Transatlantic Perspectives on the Digital Services Act and Section 230

To better understand the European and American approaches to content regulation, the McCourt Institute recently interviewed two distinguished experts: Florence G’sell, holder […]
8 March 2023

[INTERVIEW] The specificities of the Russian digital sovereignty agenda: 3 questions to Marie-Gabrielle Bertran

By Tamian Derivry In this interview, Marie-Gabrielle Bertran, PhD candidate at the French Institute of Geopolitics, discusses the geopolitical, economic […]
28 February 2023

[INTERVIEW] The legal and social challenges of Extended Reality worlds: 3 questions to Brittan Heller

By Tamian Derivry Extended reality (XR), which encompasses a variety of immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual […]