States as platforms following the new EU regulations on online platforms

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The recent adoption by the European Parliament of the Digital Services Act means that, when it comes into effect, it will formally introduce into EU law the term ‘online platforms’. In effect, between the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, a comprehensive framework for the regulation of online platforms is being introduced into EU law, the first of its kind both in Europe and internationally. However, European regulatory innovation invites a different viewpoint: Could states be considered platforms? What if this new regulatory framework was applied to states themselves? This article first outlines the regulations on online platforms in EU law. Then it discusses the role of states as information brokers in order to support its main argument, that states can be viewed as (online) platforms. A discussion of the consequences of such a conclusion is included in the final part of this analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-222
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean View
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2022


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