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Clara Rauchegger


Illegal content on digital platforms – a legal perspective

30 March 2023, 14:00-15:30 CET

Digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Youtube offer a range of convenient services to their users. However, they can also be misused for the proliferation of illegal content such as terrorist propaganda, child pornography, hate speech or false information. To address this problem, the European Union has recently adopted a comprehensive new law. The Digital Service Act introduces new obligations for platforms with the aim to create a safer digital space where users’ basic rights are protected. This presentation provides a critical examination of the new duties imposed on digital platforms. It is addressed to an interdisciplinary audience. No previous knowledge of law is required.

Clara Rauchegger is a tenure-track Senior Assistant Professor of EU Law and Digital Technology Law at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She joined the University of Innsbruck from the European University Institute in Florence, where she was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow for two years. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a member of Trinity Hall. Clara’s expertise lies in European Union law, with a particular focus on fundamental rights protection and technology regulation. Clara has won several prestigious research awards, including the University of Innsbruck France Focus Award, the Eduard Wallnöfer Award and the Research Award of the City of Innsbruck. Prior to her academic career, Clara worked at the Representation of Tyrol to the EU, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the EU.