Regulating online communications: fix the system, not the symptoms
Our digital information ecosystem fails to deliver the communications landscape needed to sustain our democracies. We need to act now.
In the following paper we describe some of the more prominent characteristics of our current digital information landscape, and the various conditions that, combined, have lead to a few giant players wielding undesirable power over our freedom of expression and public debate. These dominant platforms and the businesses that provide them, have become so omnipresent and seem so untouchable, that it is hard to imagine we can change course. We can. With this paper we wish to contribute to shifting the discussion from how we can adapt to these businesses and fix their platforms, towards what a healthy communications landscape looks like in an increasingly digitalized world - and how to get there.