The age of Internet platforms - a book of selected studies

The Institute of the Information Society at the University of Public Service is again this year publishing a volume of studies on one of the most important issues related to the social impact and regulatory challenges of the digital world. After the previous volume analysing the fundamental rights context of artificial intelligence, this time the study focuses on the increasingly dominant role of internet platforms and its manifold consequences.

This time, the Institute can rely not only on its own research team to understand the mechanisms and regulatory options of the information society, but also on the excellent colleagues who join in the collective reflection, both at its annual conference, which has become a tradition, and in its book of selected papers. In four parts, and with a total of twenty papers, this volume explores the social and regulatory issues facing us as we face the inevitable providers of our digital lives: online platforms. The first part looks at the specific role of platforms in the information society and public administration, the second at their impact on the functioning of the economy, the third at their influence on the growing social public sphere, and the fourth analyses some of the key risks and challenges, with a case study on each.

Table of contents:

Part I. | Platforms in the information society
Zsolt Ződi: Platform as a theoretical construction and as a narrative framework
István Hoffman: Platforms and public administration – no country for municipalities?
Gyula Balázs Csáki-Hatalovics – Péter Molnár – Zsolt Czékmann: Possibilities of application of atypical communication channels among Hungarian local governments, with particular reference to the social media platforms
Gergely Gosztonyi: Contribution of the Court of Justice of the European Union to a better understanding of the liability and monitoring issues of online platforms

Part II. | Platform economy  
György Kiss: The social and economic impact of platform-employment, and the legal response to that
István Harkai – Péter Mezei: End-user flexibility and platform liability in the light of the CDSM Directive
Attila Menyhárd: Platforms’ Liability for Damages
Katalin Gombos – Krisztina Strihó: Private law elements of the Community Platforms and the Digital Europe Program
András Pünkösty: A stock taking on the European platform regulation. An overview of the competition law incentives of platform regulation and the possible development of merger control

Part III. | Platforms and freedom of speech
Bernát Török: The freedom of speech on social platforms and the Digital Services Act
Tamás Szikora: A new direction of platform regulation through the example of banning Donald Trump from Facebook
Melinda Pintér: Freedom of speech or censorship for the greater good? - Feasible frameworks and limitations of political discourse in social media
Péter Nádori: "How Facebook enforces its policies"? Research data and considerations for understanding Facebook's moderation activities concerning Hungarian users
András Koltay: Social Media and Freedom of Speech in Labour Relations – the Rights and Duties of Employers and Employees

Part IV. | Some risks and challenges
Gergely G. Karácsony: "It's time to change it" - the fundamental rights risks of using facial recognition systems in the age of social media and deepfake
Kitti Mezei – Boldizsár Szentgáli-Tóth: The dangers of online platforms: the legal risks of disinformation and cyberattacks
Attila Mráz: Platform regulation and campaign regulation in democracies
Mónika Nogel: Genealogy Sites and Genetic Data Privacy
László Gábor Pók: Protect or share? The role of personal data in regulating Internet platforms
Márton Domokos: The role of artificial intelligence on internet platforms - regulatory challenges

The book is available for purchase from the webshop of Ludovika University Press.