Can Regulators Deal With The World’s Mastodons? – Center For Data Innovation

Policymakers have spent years designing legal guidelines and rules to go after Big Tech. But they weren’t ready for the emergence of decentralized options. Recent years have seen a growth in decentralized web providers – from cryptocurrencies and NFTs on the blockchain to microblogging providers like Mastodon and video streaming providers like PeerTube. These providers intention to decentralize widespread on-line providers to offer customers with peer-to-peer options to “Big Tech.” Proponents of decentralized providers imagine it’ll give customers extra selection over what guidelines they observe, what content material they see and what private knowledge they share, probably bettering free speech, consumer safety and knowledge privateness. But policymakers have primarily designed web guidelines for centralized providers. Recent legal guidelines, together with the Digital Services Act and the Online Safety Bill, elevate extra questions than solutions in regards to the potential impression of those legal guidelines on decentralized platforms.

Watch the Center for Data Innovation’s dialogue on the challenges policymakers face when making use of current legal guidelines and rules to decentralized on-line providers.

Date and time:

  • February 28, 2023, 4:00 PM to five:00 PM (CET) / 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST)


  • Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation, Stand Together
  • Konstantinos Komaitis, Non-resident and senior researcher, Municipality of Lisbon
  • Gina Neff, Executive Director, Minderoo Center for Technology and Democracy
  • Kir Nuthi, senior coverage analyst, middle for knowledge innovation (moderator)


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