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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation
Wondering what's going to be the first major test of the Digital Services Act? Slovakia's election this weekend. According to Politico, TikTok, Meta and Alphabet attended talks with the European commission and the current Slovakian government and were advised to dedicate extra resources to stamping out pro-Kremlin propaganda during the election period. Whether or not the EU is ready is another question. Given that it only just launch its transparency database (see Posts of Note), I'm interested to see how this will play out.