Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your in-a-nutshell review of the latest online speech, safety and content moderation news from the last week. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw.
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Here's everything in moderation this week — BW
PS If you're interested in submitting a panel session about moderation or online safety for next year's International Journalism Festival, drop me a line.
New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation
Ireland this week signed into law its long-awaited (but not as long as the UK's own) Online Safety Bill, which creates a new Media Commission that will act as a regulator for broadcasters but also online platforms. Experts have previously raised concerns that the Bill could conflict with provisions in the Digital Services Act (EiM #143) and there is, as Tech vs Terrorism explain, "uncertainty as to how the law will work in practice both in the present and future climate". Nonetheless, it's been widely welcomed by those working on children's rights.