Parallel Session 6: Enforcement of Laws and Regulations and Human Rights

Parallel Session 6: Enforcement of Laws and Regulations and Human Rights

While online platforms facilitate numerous opportunities for exercising freedom of expression, they also leave room for an increasing amount of unlawful and harmful content to be shared. This has led to a variety of different approaches on regulating online spaces and finding the best way to enforce laws online without harming freedom of expression. Initiatives have been introduced in order to establish liability for online platforms that fail to remove unlawful content.  Another approach focusses on strengthening and expanding ongoing voluntary collaboration and partnerships with private technology companies to assist them in enforcing their terms of service rather than imposing regulations.

How can we ensure that the enforcement of laws online happens with full respect for human rights and only those laws are enforced that respect human rights? How far can we trust private companies to ensure their terms of use minimize unlawful content while encouraging freedom of expression? How do we manage the cross-border implications of potential regulations, including different national definitions of unlawful or harmful content and strengthen the ability of citizens to freely access information on a global internet? Governments, private companies, civil society, academia and community leaders alike are therefore faced with a number of important questions to answer as neither of them will be able to solve the arising problems alone. Speakers will cover a range of topics including access to data, copyright, content regulation, and more, illustrating how forms of enforcement can impact fundamental rights. The conversation may lead to suggestions about the roles and responsibilities of states and stakeholders in addressing these challenges.