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Intrigued by the Digital Services Act (DSA) but hesitant to delve into it alone? Join us in learning the A-B-C! Catalina Goanta, Associate Professor in Private Law and Technology at Utrecht University; Taylor Annabell, Postdoctoral researcher for the ERC-funded HUMANads project at Utrecht University; and Tom Divon, a PhD researcher from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in a series of 3 webinars aimed at unpacking the basics of the DSA for media scholars. Recently, regulation has garnered significant attention in media studies, yet deciphering complex legislation remains challenging. The Digital Services Act, a crucial piece of legislation, redefines platform liability within the EU. Amidst the optimistic expectations about its impact, our goal is to demystify and clarify the realities by delving into the underlying legal standards.

Part 1: In this session, we focus on providing a comprehensive overview of the characteristics, goals, and framework of the DSA and placing it in the context of prior European legal structures.

Part 2: In this session, we focus on the DSA provisions Recommender Systems and Terms of Service with a specific emphasis on compliance by TikTok. We analyzed how the DSA influences TikTok's platform documentation and the contractual relationship between the platform and its European Union consumers.

Part 3: In this session, we pivot toward the crucial subject of enforcement, exploring two key aspects: firstly, how the DSA establishes the concept of "Trusted Flaggers" and defines their role in content moderation as a measure against illegal content on platforms; secondly, how to interpret the DSA's data access provisions for monitoring and evaluating platform compliance, as well as enabling "vetted researchers" to conduct research on systemic risks.

The Digital Services Act for media scholars