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Here's what you need to know this week — BW
New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation
Less than a year after European member states agreed in principle on its "ground-breaking horizontal regulations" (EiM #138) and just six months after reaching a provisional agreement on its scope (EiM #157), the Digital Services Act has been approved by the European Council and moves a step closer to becoming a reality. It will now be signed and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (which makes it binding), after which a 15 month countdown begins before it will apply to digital services operating in the Union. So we're looking at around February 2024, as it stands. You've been warned.