School of Transnational Governance

Private Actors in Digital Governance

Programme Start Date

24/02/2022

Duration

24 and 25 February 2022

Delivery mode

Residential

Location

Badia Fiesolana

Fee

1.000 €

Early bird

800 €

Application Deadline

05/02/2022 - 23:59 CET

Programme Description

Globalisation and technological innovation have been fueling more and more the need for increasing levels of trust in private actors - such as companies or special interest groups - to regulate and enforce significant aspects of people's daily lives including 1. environmental protection, 2. the digital space and 3. financial markets. The ETS series aims at teaching the advantages and the challenges of the trust vested in private actors through forms of self- and co regulation. It answers the question of whether private actors live up to citizens' expectations and what could be done as to the safeguarding of citizens' interests. 

The first edition of the series will take place on 18-19 November 2021, with a focus on the role of private actors in the transnational regulation of the digital sphere. The governance by and of the internet brings enormous challenges on how it takes place and what can realistically be achieved. Most of its governance is only feasible on a transnational level, while the role of private actors has become increasingly central, raising a number of questions concerning the accountability of the private sector in the transnational regulation of online content.

In domains with a high rate of technological development as digital media, it is increasingly difficult to create top-down public regulation that is sufficiently effective and future-proof. The limited viability of such regulation quickly becomes apparent with the emergence of new technological developments, new distribution methods and new service or content providers in the value chain whose activities will fall outside its scope or, at best, under a different set of rules.

The training will explore different regulatory models (state regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation) and focus on the rationale underlying a preference for involving private actors in regulation and enforcement over purely public (top-down) law arrangements as well as the limitations and challenges this type of transnational regulation in the digital sphere. Given the speed of change in the digital media environment, and the increasing threats of private regulation to citizens’ interest/rights in different sectors, the importance of ensuring private sector accountability and buy in for fundamental values is central to building citizens’ trust.

Programme Structure

The training module will focus on four different areas of private regulation in the digital sphere:

  1. Algorithmic decision making and artificial intelligence transparency
  2. Online disinformation
  3. The protection of minors against (seriously) harmful audio-visual content
  4. The role of private actors in data protection law

What you will learn

  • The advantages and the challenges of the trust vested in private actors through forms of self- and co-regulation
  • How private regulation and enforcement are (or should be) embedded in the law
  • The foundations to identify possible threats of private regulation to citizens’ interest / rights in different sectors
  • Based on the experience from the different sectors, the series will provide tools to assess how private or public/private arrangements could be (better) organized and/or regulated with a view to ensuring:
    • Trust and credibility with citizens and stakeholders and preventing capture
    • Effectiveness and flexibility so as to ensure long-term benefits

How will you learn

  • Presentations by high level speakers
  • Interactive sessions and discussions with the instructors
  • Lab sessions
  • Practical examples and case studies of how to deal with specific cases andissues as regulators
  • Breakout groups
  • Exercises, including a private regulation lab on online disinformation

Who should attend

  • Government representatives/public administration
  • Policy makers from across the EU and also US
  • Regulators
  • Private company representatives, in particular public policy leads of (multinational) corporations
  • NGOs
  • Field specific audiences (e.g. professional media associations for digital)

Instructors

Fees

Fee 1.000 €

Early bird 800 €

Deadline: 05/02/2022 - 23:59 Italian time

Early-bird application deadline: 23/09/2021 at 11.59 PM CET

What you will gain

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the advantages, challenges and risks of different forms of private self- and co-regulation
  • Map the contextual, conceptual, constitutional and citizens’ dimensions of EU private regulation
  • Assess how private or public/private arrangements could be (better) organised and/or regulated with a view to ensuring effectiveness as well as trustworthiness
  • Gain experience of practical examples and case studies of how to deal with specific cases and issues as regulators.
  • Understand specific challenges of EU private regulation in digital governance in:
    • Algorithmic decision making and artificial intelligence transparency
    • Online disinformation
    • The protection of minors against (seriously) harmful audiovisual content
    • The role of private actors in data protection law

Contacts

Application deadline:
05/02/2022 - 23:59 CET

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