Jerusalem24 – In a major development, the European Union voted and approved the Digital Services Act this week, which could be a clampdown on the high-tech industry.
The Act, which had faced a lot of protests, and frantic lobbying from the major tech companies found consensus in the European Parliament and EU member states. After 16 hours of talks, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said:
Today’s agreement on the Digital Services Act is historic, both in terms of speed and substance. The DSA will upgrade the ground rules for all online services in the EU. It will ensure that the online environment remains a safe space, safeguarding freedom of expression and opportunities for digital businesses.
The law impacts several targets, such as services offering network infrastructure like internet access providers. Hosting services are also impacted by the act. Online marketplaces, app stores, and social media platforms were some of the biggest lobbyists against it.
In this episode of Wake-Up Palestine, Fadi Quraan talks about the campaign that Avaaz did to support the law, the law’s importance and what it could change, and how the law affects Palestine.