- Governing online platforms: From contested to cooperative responsibility
- The Information Society
- Volume | Issue number
- 34 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Online platforms, from Facebook to Twitter, and from Coursera to Uber, have become deeply involved in a wide range of public activities, including journalism, civic engagement, education, and transport. As such, they have started to play a vital role in the realization of important public values and policy objectives associated with these activities. Based on insights from theories about risk sharing and the problem of many hands, this article develops a conceptual framework for the governance of the public role of platforms, and elaborates on the concept of cooperative responsibility for the realization of critical public policy objectives in Europe. It argues that the realization of public values in platform-based public activities cannot be adequately achieved by allocating responsibility to one central actor (as is currently common practice), but should be the result of dynamic interaction between platforms, users, and public institutions.
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