Panel Discussion


How law suits can force Big Tech to become Fair Tech

3 November 2023
19:00 — 20:30

Location: Het Huis Main Stage

Is legal action – lawsuits, mass claims, etc – a potential strategy for digital citizens wanting to resist loss of agency and infringements of their digital rights? This panel invites experts to discuss how legal action can change existing laws and assist in establishing regulations on issues of online privacy, data-extraction and other ways in which Big Tech companies profit from their users. The discussion will also touch on ways governments could enforce existing legislation or develop rules to protect digital users. This panel will report on real legal actions taken against Big Tech, to show us how we might take legal routes to make Big Tech companies abide by the law and account for their actions. 


Participants: Jan Fermon (BE), Julia Janssen (NL), Daniel Motaung (ZA) and Jonas Staal (NL)
Moderated. by: Friso Wiersum (NL)

Through its lawsuits against Amazon and a subsidiary of X (formerly Twitter), the Dutch Data Protection Foundation (Stichting Data Bescherming Nederland) wants to ensure that companies are fined for their lack of transparency and illegal use of our data. It is also working to raise awareness among the wider public through its You Are For Sale campaign. Dutch artist Julia Janssen, who is an ambassador for the foundation, will talk about the lawsuits and the campaign. Fellow Dutch artist Jonas Staal and  lawyer Jan Fermon have created a campaign against Facebook called Collectivize Facebook. They ask: Shouldn’t a social network like Facebook simply be public property? Daniel Motaung has also filed a lawsuit against Facebook/Meta. He worked for Sama, a company responsible for content moderation on Facebook in Kenya. It was part of his job to ensure that explicit images of violence were removed from the platform as quickly as possible. When he and his colleagues threatened to strike for better psychological support for this demanding work, they were fired.



What else is on Friday?

Check the timetable to visit more programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition Our Terms, Our Conditions at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Fotodok/Casco.

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