May 19 Thursday

Platform Governance Terminologies: Who Are The Stakeholders?

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
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Join us for the first Yale ISP-WIII Platform Governance Terminologies Panel Discussion. We will be introducing the essay series as well as two key terms: “stakeholders” and “trusted flaggers”. The panel will feature Robert Gorwa and Naomi Appelman, who are contributors to the series. They will be discussing the complex network of individuals and entities that shape platform governance practices.

The aim of this essay series is to create a central repository of phrases and terms shaping how online platforms are governed around the world. It intends to provide academics, civil society, and platforms a forum to learn about and discuss the challenges to defining and understanding platform governance, to confront core assumptions about the scope of these policies, and to propose ways to align diverse approaches to key terms. Through the essay series and the corresponding panel discussions, we hope to uncover a wider breadth of practices and perspectives on platform governance terminologies.

Robert Gorwa is a researcher interested in platform regulation, content moderation, and other transnational policy challenges posed by digitized capitalism. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and a fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. His PhD thesis provides a comparative policy analysis of measures taken by governments to shape how platform companies moderate user-generated content,

Naomi Appelman is a PhD researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) and a visiting researcher at the HIIG focusing on online speech regulation and platform governance. She has studied both law (majoring in information and media law) and political philosophy (majoring in democratic theory and STS) at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research is on the contestability of algorithmic online speech governance.

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