The role of large Internet platforms and their impact on freedom of expression and public deliberation

The role of large Internet platforms and their impact on freedom of expression and public deliberation

6 may. 2021

This document presents the first findings and proposals of the initiative “Internet, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Uruguay. Contributions to the Debate on Democratic Governance Online”, led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uruguay, in partnership with the Latin American Observatory of Media Regulation and Convergence (OBSERVACOM).

This initiative aims to promote dialogue and informed debate on the impact of large Internet platforms on access to information and public deliberation on social media and to place this issue on the public agenda and develop recommendations to potentially adapt the national and regional regulatory framework.

UNDP and Observacom  conducted a survey of key actors from organized civil society, as well as journalists and members of the academy with experience in freedom of expression and democratic governance on the Internet, was carried out. survey of key actors from organized civil society to journalists and members of academia with a background in freedom of expression and democratic governance online as part of the sources used to prepare this dossier.

They organized three roundtables; one for organized civil society representatives, another for journalists and members of academia, and a third one for governance and communications representatives and specialists from the UNDP offices in the region.  

During these meetings, we collected input and made a joint diagnosis of the impact of large Internet platforms on the access to information and public deliberation on social media. The issues discussed in these roundtables made it possible to identify and define an agenda and roadmap on this issue for the next two years.

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