For this project, the Centre for Internet and Society and Dataactive are examining the ways in which the “privatization” of online content regulation has shifted internet policymaking and decision-making towards online platforms and whether current internet governance frameworks are capable of dealing with the challenges related to this platformization of the internet.

Social media platforms are increasingly accused of shaping public debate and engineering people’s behavior in ways that might undermine the democratic process. In order to vitalize a much-needed multistakeholder dialogue on corrective measures against the spread of false information, this project has undertaken a truncated multistakeholder consultation, addressing experts from academia, civil society, governments and the industry to assess diverging perspectives on institutional proposals, legislative responses, and self- regulation resolutions that have sprung up around the world. It also asks what new challenges platform moderation and related “fake news” issues pose to what might be called the “procedural fitness” of the current multistakeholder internet governance system. Finally, it suggests recommendations for architectural changes that could promote constructive and inclusive debate on the topic.

This white paper is authored by Vidushi Marda & Stefania Milan and is a part of the IPO’s “Research for Impact” commissioned research series. The report is based on research that will inform an academic paper to be published by the Journal of Media Innovation.