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In Europe today, digital platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, provide essential means for millions of people to express themselves, engage in public debate and organise politically. However, European governments are leveraging the power of platforms to impose new forms of restrictions on free expression, and engage in surveillance of individuals and online activism. This has profound implications for the rights to freedom of expression, privacy, and data protection. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss these issues, including government surveillance and access to user data from digital platforms; freedom of expression in the era of online gatekeeping by platforms; and how to go about democratising online content moderation.

Event details of Platforms and the Digitisation of Expression and Surveillance
Date 12 May 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00
Dr R.F. (Ronan) Fahy

Senior Researcher, University of Amsterdam (chair)


Magdalena BrewczyƄska (Tilburg University) is a PhD researcher at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. In the PhD project, she examines legal uncertainties arising in the context of sharing personal data for law enforcement purposes.

Aleksandra Kuczerawy (KU Leuven) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Aleksandra works on intermediary liability, content moderation, freedom of expression, and platform governance. In her research, she focuses on substantive and procedural safeguards in the regulation of different types of content (terrorist content, copyright, disinformation, and hate speech).

Giovanni De Gregorio (University of Oxford and Bocconi University) is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on digital constitutionalism, content moderation, privacy, and data protection. He has been visiting researcher at the Centre for Cyber Law and Policy at the University of Haifa. He is also an Academic Fellow at Bocconi University.