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IGF 2019 Platform Values: Conflicting Rights, AI and Tax Avoidance


Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility

Debate - Auditorium - 90 Min


Platform regulations are having enormous impact on the lives of several billion individuals, and this impact is poised to increase over the next decade. This session will three of the most crucial points of contention with regard to values underlying the operation of digital platforms: the dispute resolution mechanisms they design and the ways such mechanisms are structured to deal with conflicting rights and principles; the values that can or should be baked into platforms’ automated decision-making and the rights of appropriation in relation to the development of artificial intelligent systems; and the tax avoidance strategies that are frequently pursued by tech giants to minimise their fiscal responsibility across the multiple jurisdictions in which they provide their services.

This session will include presentations based on the papers featured in the special issue of the Computer Law & Security Review, celebrating five years of activities of the UN IGF Coalition on Platform Responsibility and dedicated to Platform Values: Conflicting Rights, Artificial Intelligence and Tax Avoidance. The special issue, which is the 2019 official outcome of the coalition, will include also the finalised Best Practices on Platforms' Implementation on the Right to Effective Remedy, elaborated by the coalition between May 2018 and March 2019.  

Over the first years of activity, the Coalition has explored the role of digital platforms as gateways to speech, innovation and value creation; it has highlighted that their ascendance as central elements of our society, economy, and public sphere is redefining the concepts of “private” and “public”, and challenging conventional approaches to regulation and governance. Along those lines, the special issue starts from the consideration that, to guarantee the balance and sustainability of governance systems, the exercise of power should be constrained. To do so, a deliberative process over the aims, mechanisms and boundaries of regulation is needed. Accordingly, when private entities rise to the level of quasi-sovereigns or private regulators, it is natural to expect discussion, shared understanding and scrutiny of the choices and trade-offs embedded in their private ordering. In this perspective, the papers featured in the special issue provide analyses and putting forward concrete solutions and policy proposals with regard to platform values. This call is therefore aimed at papers analysing conflicting rights, artificial intelligence systems and tax avoidance strategies with regard to digital platforms. Particularly, the call targets analyses regarding:

 The IGF session will have the following agenda:

  •          Introduction and presentation of the coalition and its work
  •          Brief presentation of the Best Practices 
  •          Presentations of the contributions to the special issue
  •          Discussion of next steps and priorities for the coalition

Nicolo Zingales, Sussex University


· Nicolo Zingales, Sussex University
· Luca Belli, FGV Law School
· Paul Nemitz, European Commission TBC
· Monica Rosina, Facebook TBC
· Catherine Coarnovale, Elsevir
· Ian Brown, RIA Africa
· Katya Semenova, HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development
· Rolf Weber, University of Zurich


GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption

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