My name's Phil
- French-speakers on this list might know me as the panelist who spoke
at length about the DSA at the WikiConvention Francophone 2022 in
November. I also spoke about it (in English this time!) at the Big Fat
Brussels Meetup a few weeks later; and I more recently briefed Wikimedia
Deutschland's policy person, so she could relay that to WMDE folks.
I'm one of a few people here that are working on some DSA workstreams.
There are various bits and bobs up on Meta
, too, from various sources. We'll also get a Diff post up, soon.
in part to the efforts of WMF's Global Advocacy team and the
FKAGEU/Wikimedia Europe folks, back when this law was just a draft, I
think the DSA thankfully preserves, at its heart, the
notice-and-takedown ("mere host safe harbour") intermediary liability
model that we see as really important for community-driven projects on
The DSA came into force last year, and we're in its implementation phase at the moment. Wikipedia's "VLOP" designation (which was based on these estimates
published in February) had been expected. So although it has the effect of
bringing forward the application date (i.e. shortening how long we're
given to prepare) -
it's nonetheless something we've been cracking on with in the
(though there are DSA-unrelated TOU changes too).
- certainly plenty to keep us busy; but from our perspective, if we can
handle the bureaucracy of compliance without impacting the community,
A few things should visibly get
better - including more data in
future Transparency Reports; possibly a few procedural tweaks to
how we handle Office Actions; and (not that this will change much) reasonable
openness to researchers. To be honest, we're not too bad at that stuff
already, and we're really excited to see the other platforms following suit.
status brings mandatory "systemic risk and mitigation" (SRAM)
obligations, for Wikipedia specifically (the other Wikimedia projects are not
VLOPs). So there will need to be an annual, honest
look at whether Wikipedia is contributing to any systemic risks in the
EU - say, for instance, electoral disinformation - and whether our
Movement is adequately doing its part in mitigating those. For now, we're hoping to
that assessment on the existing Human Rights Impact Assessment work,
regular human rights due diligence (HRDD, e.g. for specific features or policy changes),
the upcoming Childrens' Rights Impact Assessment. As you can imagine, that's because we have neither the
inclination nor the resources to reinvent the
wheel if we don't have to, just to meet one specific region's laws.
far as the regulators' expectations go, the need for us (the Movement
as a whole, and WMF specifically) to
make any further changes (i.e. to introduce/refine some "mitigations"
for systemic risks), will depend on how well the regulator sees us as
addressing those risks. So as with all things Wikimedia, community
initiative and empowerment
remains absolutely critical to meeting the challenge ahead!
of course - the general caveat: it's a new law; it's pretty fuzzy
and/or demanding in some areas; and it applies across a very large and
diverse region of the world, full of people that will all, doubtless, want / expect
different things. So we should also in a limited sense "expect the
unexpected". Though we certainly intend to be smart and robust about all
Zooming out (and getting really
tangential to your questions), it's worth noting
that the EU DSA is part of a new wave of laws rolling out across the
world, seeking to make platforms more accountable.
Wikipedia, for example, was mentioned a number of times by UK legislators on Tuesday
during debates around the UK Online Safety Bill. The Foundation and
local community members & affiliates are working intensively to
ensure the best possible outcomes for our movement in these debates
(e.g. Jimmy Wales and I held meetings at the House of Lords on Monday;
but that UK engagement a much wider team effort, including Wikimedia UK's wonderful
CEO Lucy Crompton-Reid, our own Rebecca McKinnon, and too many other
stars to list out here - they deserve plenty of wikilove/barnstars,
though). As you can appreciate, that's a huge amount of work, and you
never get every win you're hoping for. But our hope is that in doing
this advocacy work, we're not just helping make these incoming laws
better tailored to our own Movement's model, but also preserving a good
environment for online communities and A2K