Publication discusses importance of regulating digital platforms

The regulation of digital platforms is one of the most widely discussed issues in law and technology. Several Brazilian policymakers are proposing its regulation.
Regulation
19 January 2018
Publication discusses importance of regulating digital platforms

The regulation of digital platforms is one of the most widely discussed issues in law and technology. Several Brazilian policymakers are proposing its regulation; the European Commission launched a consultation on the subject in late 2016 and the UN is organizing another. Discussing the importance of the topic is the proposal of Luca Belli, from the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio), and Nicolo Zingales, in the book ‘Platform Regulations: how platforms are regulated and how they regulate us.’

The book is the result of the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility (DCPR) of the United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multidisciplinary group that promotes a cooperative analysis of the responsibility of online platforms to respect human rights, while proposing solutions to protect the rights of platform users. The work is the result of a dialogue among multiple stakeholders, focused on offering answers to the numerous growing challenges generated by the ‘platformization’ of the economy and society in general.

The analyses presented in the book critically explore the respect for human rights by digital platforms, focus on personal data governance, and finally suggest solutions for the new roles played by online platforms. This volume includes the ‘Recommendations on the Terms of Service and Human Rights,’ which were prepared through a participatory process, facilitated by the DCPR. According to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Recommendations provide guidance for the preparation of terms of service that can be considered ‘responsible’ due to their respect for internationally agreed human rights standards.

The work is intended for scholars and enthusiasts, telecommunications regulators, public policy makers, public administration members, Internet industry, universities, and civil society organizations. Go to the website for more information.