DGAP-CEP Event: The Possibilities and Limitations of the EU’s Digital Services Act | A. Ritzmann

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2022

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) hosted a hybrid panel discussion on December 13, 2022:

“Fighting Extremism and Terrorism on Social Media Platforms: The Possibilities and Limitations of the EU’s Digital Services Act”

On November 16, the EU’s long-awaited Digital Services Act (DSA) came into force. It aims to curb the spread of the online hate speech, disinformation, and extremist and terrorist content with which democratic societies are increasingly confronted.

At this event, we explored the implications of the DSA for combating extremism on social media platforms. How will it affect existing national regulations such as Germany’s Network Enforcement Act? How will the new legislation impact the technological aspects of the fight against online extremism? How is extremist infrastructure adapting online in the face of regulation? 

PANELISTS:

Anke Schlieker, Project Assistant, Technology and Global Affairs Program, DGAP

Dr. Hany Farid, Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Advisor, CEP

Alexander Ritzmann, Senior Advisor, CEP; Associate Fellow, DGAP

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