Content moderation in the age of DSA

The new European Digital Services Act provides an ambitious regulatory framework to face the digital transformation of the public space. The Act defines new obligations for digital platforms and aims to make the moderation policies of large online platforms more transparent and accountable. Is this new regulatory framework appropriate to solve the digital information disorder? The circulation of fake news, hate speech and the algorithmic amplification of unreliable content have deeply damaged the quality of public discussion. This conference aims to put into perspective the new environment the DSA is about to set up in the European context by bringing together researchers, regulatory actors and representatives of digital platforms.

Location: Sciences Po, Simone Veil room
Date: January 12-13, 2022
Organizer: Good in Tech research network
In partnership with Digital Governance and Sovereignty Chair, Mc Court Institute, MSH Saclay
With the support of Arcom,  De Facto Project, Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, Sciences Po Medialab

  • January 12th, 2023
  • January 13th, 2023

"Digital Speech Regulation in the Age of DSA"

This first day will question the drifts that currently affect online communication (manipulation of information, brutalization of exchanges, foreign interference) and the new rules, techniques and practices underlying moderation.



9:00 - 9:30


Christine Balagué, Professor of Management at Institut Mines Telecom Business School, Founder of the Good in Tech research network.

9:30 - 10:45

Session 1 Freedom of expression

Charles Girard, Associate professor of Philosophy at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University : Freedom of Speech in the Digital Public Sphere
Joris Van Hoboken, Associate Professor of Law at University of Amsterdam and  Professor of law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels :  From protecting freedom of expression to a balanced approach in protecting fundamental rights in online content moderation.
Nate Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of law at Stanford Law School, Co-Director, Stanford Cyber Policy CenterProfessor of Law at Stanford Law School
Moderator : Sarah Nicole, McCourt Institute 

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:30

Session 2 Information disorders : disinformation, hate speech

Manon Berriche, PhD Student at SciencesPo Médialab : Faker Island. Who are the rare users who share fake news on the French Twittersphere?
Kevin Limonier, Associate Professor of Geopolitics at Université Paris 8 :  Russian disinformation ecosystems since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine
Valentine Crosset,  Lecturer at Université de Genève and Associate Resercher at Sciences Po médialab : Mapping Online Offenses from Twitter: Exploring User Reporting Practices and Twitter Moderation
Moderator : Inna Lyubareva, Assistant Professor in economy at Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Session 3 Fact checking and moderation

Julia Cagé,  Assistant Professor of Economics, Sciences Po Paris and Emeric Henry, Professor of Economics, Sciences Po Paris : Fact-Checking and Misinformation: Evidence from the Market Leader
Romain Badouard, Assistant professor in information and communication sciences, Panthéon-Assas University : How platforms deal with fake news and « poor-quality » contents
Paolo Papotti, IMT, EURECOM, Campus SophiaTech : Auditing Crowdsourced Fact-Checking at Twitter
Moderator : Sylvain Parasie, Professor of sociology at Sciences Po.

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:15

Session 4 Algorithms and Content Moderation

Patrick Maillé,  Professor of computer science at IMT Atlantique :  Investigating bias in search engines’ results: why and how?
Grazia Cecere, Professor of economics at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, scientific expert at Arcom : Trade-offs in Automating Platform Regulatory Compliance By Algorithm: Evidence from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Robert Gorwa: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center :  Automated Content Moderation and its Emerging Socio-Technical Challenges
Moderator: Christine Balagué, Professor of Management, Institut Mines-Télécom, Business School,  Founder of Good in Tech Network

17:15 - 17:45