DSA #2 Going Solo? Sense and Sensibility of National Platform Laws in Light of the DSA Drafting Process

Thursday 29 October 2020, 15:00 to 16:00

As the discussion on EU platform legislation drags on, three European countries - Germany, France and Austria – have passed (or drafted) their own platform laws. While the French Loi Avia was declared unconstitutional, the German NetzDG proved to be an export success, not unlike the GDPR. It even got an update to be signed into law later this year. Now Austria has launched its Communications Platforms Law. Are these national solo efforts counterproductive? Are they taking the acquis communautaire into account? Are the laws conceived as providing national solutions to national problems or rather as interim until the regulatory deficit at European level is remedied?

In this seminar, PD Dr. Kettemann compares the German, failed French and proposed Austrian platform laws with what we know about the EU Digital Services Act and asks whether there are any conflicts on the horizon.


Matthias C. Kettemann is senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) and head of its research programme on rule-making in online spaces. A visiting professor for International Law at the University of Jena, Privatdozent at the University of Frankfurt and lecturer at the University of Graz, he is project lead at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin, and research programme leader for Platform and Content Governance at the Sustainable Computing Lab of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His most recent books are Kettemann, The Normative Order of the Internet. A Theory of Rule and Regulation Online (OUP 2020), (as editor) Navigating Normative Orders. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Campus 2020) and (with W. Benedek), Freedom of Expression and the Internet (2nd ed.) (Strasbourg, 2020).

This seminar is organised as part of the Digital Services Act (DSA) in Perspective Series on online platform responsibility, organised by the Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) at VUB-BSoG, in collaboration with the Chair 'Fundamental Rights and the Digital Transformation' at VUB-LSTS and the Brussels Privacy Hub. Please click here for more information on past and future events in the series.