The Digital Services Act and freedom of expression: triumph or failure?

8 March 2021

The Digital Services Act (‘DSA’) is part of the long-awaited package aimed at providing a transparency and accountability framework for online platforms and laying down additional duties for large providers with gatekeeping powers. There is surely a lot to unpack in this hefty proposal. This piece looks at new obligations and regulatory powers introduced by the DSA and examines their potential to safeguard freedom of expression. It also uncovers some of the DSA’s controversial points which policymakers should be looking out for in the course of the legislative process.

MCEL, Digital, LBM
Valentina Golunova

Valentina Golunova is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (Saint Petersburg State University, 2018) and LLM (cum laude) in International and European Law (Tilburg University, 2019).

Valentina's current research interests lie at the intersection of the EU fundamental rights and digital transformations. In her PhD project, she studies the dynamics of EU intermediary liability framework and its impact on freedom of expression and information online. In particular, Valentina examines how proactive content moderation by means of automated tools deployed by digital platforms challenges protection of rights enjoyed by internet users in Europe.

Prior to joining Maastricht University, Valentina worked at the human rights NGO Citizens' Watch (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and was a trainee at the Constitutional Court of Russia.