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E.U. vs. U.S.A.: What Can Different Attitudes Towards Platform Regulation Teach Us?

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The responsibility of communications platforms like Google, Twitter, and Facebook for their users’ online activities is a key factor affecting innovation and free speech in the 21st century. Still, the degree of liability for intermediaries – and the extent of online speech regulation – varies greatly, lacking a unified approach to regulation. Heightening the monitoring responsibilities of intermediaries is, in some ways, positive because intermediaries can work to support a healthy speech environment online.

An Explainer on the Base Rate Fallacy and PNR

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The base rate fallacy is the tendency to ignore base rates in the presence of specific, individuating information. Rather than integrating general information and statistics with information about an individual case, the mind tends to ignore the former and focus on the latter. This phenomenon is widespread – and it afflicts even trained statisticians, notes American-Israeli psychologist Daniel Kahneman in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow. He illustrates this common reasoning flaw early in the book with the following example. Kahneman writes:

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Upload filters approved: EU parliament votes for internet censorship

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Despite weeks of intense protests from civil society, MEPs have voted in favour of upload filters and Article 13. The fundamental rights NGO epicenter.works announces that it will take this law to the highest court and will continue to use all means to stop this excessive censorship infrastructure. 

Record number of calls to the EU Parliament against upload filters

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With just two weeks to go until the final vote on upload filters in the European Parliament, one hundred MEPs have pledged to vote against Article 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive. Many citizens feel like their legitimate fears about the future of the internet are not taken seriously, as lawmakers insult them as being "bots" or simply "a mob". Public protests demanding the removal of Article 13 have been announced in 23 European cities.

Report: Net Neutrality Compliance and Enforcement in the EU Is Spotty

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It has been two-and-a-half years since net neutrality laws were enacted in the European Union — are they working?

Comprehensive new research by the Vienna-based nonprofit epicenter.works answers this question, examining if telecom companies are breaking net neutrality rules, how regulators are reacting, and how this affects internet users across the continent. The report is titled The Net Neutrality Situation in the EU: Evaluation of the First Two Years of Enforcement.

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AKVorrat presents itself for the first time in the Audimax of the University of Vienna, which is occupied on the occasion of student protests (#unibrennt).

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Net Neutrality vs. 5G: What to expect from the upcoming reform in the EU?

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The principle of net neutrality has been protected in the European Union since 2016. Half a billion people benefit from the protection against network discrimination by telecom companies. Net neutrality is a founding principle of the internet and one of the most essential digital rights. It ensures the protection of the right to freedom of speech, the right to assembly, the right to conduct business, and the freedom to innovate on the internet. These protections came about in no small part due to the work of civil society.