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Online Harms: Moving towards a system based on responsibility, not liability – Ashley Hurst and Ben Dunham

The regulation of “online harms” in Europe has just taken a big leap. On the same day just before Christmas, the European Commission unveiled the first draft of its proposal to update the responsibilities and liabilities of digital service providers in its “Digital Services Act” (DSA), and the UK announced an update on its Online Harms Bill, which is now very close to publication. In the context of Brexit, the divergence of the two regimes is stark and paves the way for some fascinating debates in 2021. Continue reading

The Online Harms edifice takes shape, Part 2, Overall Commentary – Graham Smith

The fundamental issues with the government’s White Paper proposals have been exhaustively discussed on previous occasions. Reminiscent of a sheriff in the Wild West, to which the internet is so often likened, Ofcom would enlist deputies – social media platforms and other intermediaries acting under a legal duty of care – to police the unruly online population.  Unlike its Wild West equivalent, however, Ofcom would get to define its territory and write the rules, as well as enforce them. Continue reading

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