How can we better protect democracy in social media? Is the Digital Services Act (DSA) good enough?

07/15/21
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Online


The Saxon State Minister of Justice and for Democracy, Europe and Equality, Katja Meier, cordially invites you on 15th April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to an online event on the topic "How can we better protect democracy in socia media? Is the Digital Services Act (DSA) good enough?"

The event will take place in the context of the legislative proposal for a Digital services Act (DSA) submitted by the European Commission on 15 December 2020 and the current debate on the impact of social media on democracy. The key question is whether the rules proposed by the DSA on disinformation, dissemination of conspiracy theories and other harmful content will be sufficient to adequately protect democracy.

Welcome and Keynote:
Katja Meier, State Minister of Justice and for Democracy, Europe and Equality of the Free State of Saxony
 
Introduction:
Anna Cavazzini, MEP, Chair of the for the DSA anticipated responsible Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection in the European Parliament, (Germany, Group of the Greens/EFA)
 
Panel Discussion with:

  • Werner Stengg, Coordinator for digital policy in the cabinet of the Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Margrethe Vestager
  • Karen Kornbluh, Ambassador and Director of the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative of the German Marshall Fund (USA)
  • Tiemo Wölken, MEP, Rapporteur for the legislative initiative report of the DSA in the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament (Germany, Group of the S&D)
  • Alexandra Geese, MEP, Shadow rapporteur for the DSA in the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection in the European Parliament (Germany, Group of the Greens/EFA)
  • Moderation: Hendrik Kafsack, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Further information can be found in the program.

ACTUAL INFORMATION

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, until further notice, only online events are held at the Saxony Liaison Office Brussels. In order to minimise the risk of infection, we also ask you to refrain from attendance visits.

The work for the Free State of Saxony sees the Saxony Liaison Office Brussels hold occasional events relating to Europe and Saxony. The Ore Mountains Christmas Market in the second half of November is an annual highlight. According to the official regulations of the Free State of Saxony, the Saxony Liaison Office Brussels may only host events run by Free State institutions, with other co-operation partners if necessary. Visitor groups from Saxony are welcome; we'll be glad to explain our work to them.

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