From 17 – 21 December 2017, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which aims to facilitate the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, took place in Geneva. One of the high-profile issues discussed at the Forum was the challenges for digital platforms (e.g. social media and search engines), addressing both normative and process questions.
On 19 December 2017, three HRBDT members gave two presentations at the conference. The first presentation, ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Right to be Forgotten and Search Engines in the Context of International Data Protection Frameworks’ by Krzysztof Garstka and David Erdos, considered extra-EU/EEA international data protection instruments to examine whether the ‘right to be forgotten’ exists only under EU law or is also protected by other major instruments and calls for consensus-building around this concept.
The second presentation, titled ‘Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Online: What Role for Social Media Platforms?’, was given by Krisztina Huszti-Orban and considered the human rights challenges raised by social media corporate entities moderating their platforms’ content and, thereby, carrying out quasi-executive and quasi-adjudicative tasks in the context of the fight against terrorism and violent extremism online in the European Union and its Member States.
Both presentations were based on contributions to the Official 2017 Outcome of the UN IGF Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility: ‘Platform Regulations: How Platforms are Regulated and How They Regulate Us’.
For more information about the 2017 IGF, please see here.