Political advertising. Free speech. Ad buys. Content moderation. Acquisitions. Privacy. Data portability. The consolidation of power & decision-making in powerful platform companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, & Amazon has many wondering, Who should make the rules governing these decisions in addition to what should these rules be?
Some experts call for governments to regulate & each has a proposal. Others ask for more multi-stakeholder or outside oversight. Others want to break-up these companies as a way of mitigating the scale of the problems. The companies themselves have asked for regulation from democratically elected governments. While many have ideas on what the rules themselves should be, a larger question remains: who ought to be making the rules in the first place? Who is making them right now?
Join Forums @ Civic Hall in partnership with Facebook as we host a discussion about the question of platform regulation & rule-making. With experts from academia, the policy community, & the platform industry, this Forum focuses on both broad & specific questions of who & how ought to regulate platforms.
Currently confirmed is Harold Feld from Public Knowledge, who will speak about his vision for platform regulation as articulated in his new book The Case for the Digital Platform Act: Breakups, Starfish Problems, & Tech Regulation. Others from Facebook & the academic community will be confirmed soon.
The evening begins promptly at 6:15 with speeches from each respondent, followed by moderated conversation & audience Q&A.