Digital Constitutionalism and Online Content Moderation

DCU Law and Tech hosts a dynamic group of researchers with multiple disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from law and political science to computing and engineering.

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One of the main issues of global content governance on social media relates to the definition of the rules governing online content moderation. One could think that it would be sufficient for online platforms to refer to existing human rights standards. However, a more careful analysis shows that international law only provides general principles, which do not specifically address the context of online content moderation, and that a single human rights standard does not exist.

This is one of the reasons why, since their birth, major social media platforms have set their own rules, adopting their own peculiar language, values and parameters. Yet, this normative autonomy too has raised serious concerns. Why should private companies establish the rules governing free speech online? Is it legitimate to depart from minimal human rights standards and impose more stringent rules?

Videos

Digital Consitutionalism and Content Governance: Social Media after the Capitol Hill Events

In this workshop organised by the DCU Law_And_Tech Research Cluster and the Dublin Law & Politics Review, panelists discuss many Digital Constitutionalism and Content Governance in relation to the use of Social Media after the Capitol Hill Events.

The Growth of Digital Constitutionalism in India

This video is presented by Dr. Ashit Kumar Srivastava, who discusses the growing movement of Digital Constitutionalism in India and how it can impact the rest of the world.

Publications

Hart 2022

Constitutionalising Social Media

Edoardo Celeste, Amélie Heldt, Clara Iglesias Keller

This book explores the relationship constitutional law and social media. It explores how social media could be constitutionalised to protect the fundamental rights of people across the world. It is set to be published in 2022.

Events

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