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Platforms and the Right to Information

May 2, 2024

9:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Lewis Hall, 5th floor at the Berkman Klein Center's Multi-Purpose Room 515

1557 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

At a time of growing concern regarding platform power, what kinds of claims can we make to access platform data? If we allow access, how do we protect privacy and confidentiality?

Many jurisdictions are starting to address the issue of access to platform data. For example, the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) imposes obligations on “very large online platforms” and “very large online search engines” to share data with researchers and regulators. The proposed US Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA) and Canada’s proposed Online Harms Act would also require access for researchers.

This workshop, cohosted by the Berkman Klein Center’s Institute for Rebooting Social Media and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society (SRI) at the University of Toronto, brings together a diverse and interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to discuss these initiatives and place them within a broader critical context.

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