Public lecture by prof. Hannu Nieminen – Why has the EU been late in regulating social media platforms?
Public lecture by prof. Hannu Nieminen – March 3, 13:00 o‘clock at Putvinskio st. 23, room 106.
Why has the EU been late in regulating social media platforms?
In 2021 and 2022, the European Union (EU) launched a series of proposals aimed at improved internet regulation, benefiting both European industries and services, as well as European consumers or internet users. These measures have been watched from around the globe because they can be seen as a first attempt to create a ‘meta-level’ regulatory environment for the digital economy that effectively challenges the domination of the Big Tech conglomerates of the US and China.
However, even if the new EU regulation proves effective, how effective can they be in challenging the fundamental dynamics of the internet and digital economy that the internet enables? I the lecture, I will discuss why the EU has been late in regulating social media platforms, which play a central role in the internet-based digital economy. I will base my argumentation on a critical reading of the history of the internet and its regulation from its early days to the 2020s.
The lecture is based on an article on the same title by Hannu Nieminen, University of Helsinki & Vytautas Magnus University, Claudia Padovani, University of Padova, and Helena Sousa, University of Minho, to be published in Javnost/The Public in spring 2023.