Vergangene Events

Let’s get to the Crux of the Digital Services Act!

(Regulating) Content Ranking and Removal

With the planned “Digital Services Act” the Commission plans to update the liability regime for all digital services. However, in the past years a handful of companies have emerged as market dominant platforms whose business model changed drastically – from a focus on software and services to the collection, selling and reselling of user data for advertising purposes.

This lunch discussion will therefore examine how platforms’ business model impacts the dissemination and virality of content – as threats, insults, and false information act as clickbait, generating more data and more profit. This event aims at analysing the issues raised by online companies’ core businesses that are based on collecting highly refined data about their users and converting that data into microtargeted manipulations.

We will furthermore discuss core questions around liability and content moderation. What are the potential risks and benefits of regulating content ranking? And more importantly: How can the planned DSA apply to all digital services alike without creating collateral damage for individuals’ rights and smaller online companies? How could it tackle the underlying root of the problems with mega platforms?

Hashtag of the event: #EUDigitalPlatform



European Parliament, ASP 1G3

The meeting for external participants will be at 11:15 inside the Atrium Welcome Point.

Chaired by:
Alexandra Geese, MEP at Greens/EFA, on Twitter she is @alexandra_geese
• Karen Melchior, MEP at renew Europe, on Twitter she is @karmel80

Liz Carolan, Head of Digital Action, founder of @transparentref; on Twitter she is @LizCarolan
• Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at the Center for Internet and Society at the University of Stanford, on Twitter she is @daphnehk

This is the first episode in the event series DIGITAL PLATFORM launched by MEP Alexandra Geese. This regular lunch event aims at bringing together policy experts, policy-makers and academics for insight and discussion on the latest developments in the area of platform and digital services regulation.
The hashtag is #EUDigitalPlatform

Eurochild is organising in collaboration with Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Greens/EFA Group a high-level political round table on preventing and tackling child poverty in Europe

The event will be moderated by Prof. Hugh Frazer and co-hosted by MEP Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA) MEP Dragoș Pîslaru (Renew Europe) and MEP Brando Benifei (S&D). Representatives from the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), civil society networks and children’s rights organisations will be invited to participate in the discussion.

The aim is to address the fact that childhood poverty remains a huge problem across many parts of Europe. Indeed, one in four children grows up in poverty or social exclusion in the EU. To that end, Eurochild will bring the findings of its analysis on the 2019 European Semester while Bertelsmann Stiftung will present the results of a research focused on ‘Leave No Child Behind’ and the results of a comparative study on local prevention policies in twelve European member states.


  • MEP Alexandra Geese (Co-host – The Greens/EFA)
  • MEP Dragoș Pîslaru (Co-host – Renew Europe)
  • MEP Brando Benifei (Co-host – S&D)
  • Hugh Frazer (Moderator – Maynooth University)
  • Jana Hainsworth (Eurochild)
  • Réka Tunyogi (Eurochild)
  • Anja Langness (Bertelsmann Stiftung)
  • Christina Wieda (Bertelsmann Stiftung)
  • Stephan Grohs (German Research Institute for Public Administration)
  • Grigorios Tsioukas (European Agency for Fundamental Rights)
  • Josefine Hederström (European Commission)
  • Kirsten Leube (Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU)
  • Gráinne Dirwan (OECD)
  • Stefan Iszkowski (European Commission)
"How is politics influenced by big data, micro-targeting and profiling? The case of the Five Star Movement in Italy and Brexit in the UK"

Alexandra Geese MEP is pleased to invite you to the panel-discussion on
„How is politics influenced by big data, micro-targeting and profiling? The case of the Five Star Movement in Italy and Brexit in the UK“

With the data industry now worth more than the oil industry, analysing data is becoming key to the functioning of businesses and now, increasingly, political parties. When political parties use big data, micro-targeting and profiling on their citizens, it fundamentally rocks the foundations that underpin our democracies.

Are parties using micro-targeting more successful than those refusing to do so? How should political parties behave? Do we need regulation in order safeguard our democracy? With the help of leading academic experts as well as critical journalists, we delve into the ethical and legal aspects of data use in politics by looking at two examples: the Five Star Movement in Italy and the pro-Brexit campaign in the UK, both known for the use of big data.  

We will be discussing these questions with our esteemed panel:

Organised and Chaired by:
    • Alexandra Geese MEP (European Greens/EFA)
    • Jacopo Iacoboni (Journalist/Author, La Stampa)
    • Dr. Monica Horten (Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics)
    • Marco Canestrari (Author, Il Sistema Casaleggio)
    • Dr. Judith Möller (Assistant Professor for Political Communication, University of Amsterdam)
    • Frederik Borgesius (Professor ICT and Law, Radbound University)

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