European Union Raises Concerns about Data Access for Risk Research on Larger Platforms

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These asks are specifically in relation to requirements that platforms provide data access to researchers investigating systemic risks in the European Union. “Access to data by researchers is key to ensure accountability and public scrutiny of platforms’ policies. So, basically, step forward and take a bow Wikipedia — which might just be the only VLOP that’s getting things right (or, well, less wrong) when it comes to providing data access for researchers. But, under the DSA, they must facilitate data access for research into so-called systemic risks, such as disinformation, child safety issues, gender-based violence and mental heath concerns. While 17 RFIs may sound like a lot of regulatory action we’re still at an early stage of the Commission’s oversight of the data access for research issue.