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Alternative recommender systems in the DSA: How to protect free expression, create competition and empower users all at once

Status: Closed

Organisation: European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)

Deadline: 18/11/2021

Location: Online

Currently, major social media platforms offer to host and content curation as a bundle, and users have no choice but to take it all. In order to enable the development of alternative recommender systems – including algorithms that cater to users’ needs, instead of exploiting their vulnerabilities and maximising engagement at all costs – we need to separate hosting from content curation. For this diversified environment to flourish, third party recommender systems must be able to operate on social media platforms, meaning they need to be interoperable with them, and users have to be free to select the recommender system that better fits their needs. In this scenario, very large platforms like Facebook will no longer have immense power over our information diet, shifting control back to the people.

This webinar will offer a deep dive into the topic. The panellists will explain what legal and technological changes are necessary to achieve a landscape of alternative recommender systems within large platforms. Experts in EU policy, software engineering, security and the protection of fundamental rights will answer questions related to the practical functioning of such interoperable, open environments.

Webinar co-organised by ARTICLE 19, Access Now, European Partnership for Democracy and Panoptykon Foundation.

Register for the event here.

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