Establishing Auditing Intermediaries to Verify Platform Data

Ben Wagner, Lubos Kuklis

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the main problems associated with basing public regulatory decisions on unverified data, before sketching out some ideas of what a solution might look like. In order to do this, the chapter develops the concept of auditing intermediaries. After discussing which problems the concept of auditing intermediaries is designed to solve, it then discusses some of the main challenges associated with access to data, potential misuse of intermediaries, and the general lack of standards for the provision of data by large online platforms. In conclusion, the chapter suggests that there is an urgent need for an auditing mechanism to ensure the accuracy of transparency data provided by large online platform providers about the content on their services. Transparency data that have been audited would be considered verified data in this context. Without such a transparency verification mechanism, existing public debate is based merely on a whim, and digital dominance is likely to only become more pronounced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegulating Big Tech: Policy Responses to Digital Dominance
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter9
Pages169-179
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)13: 9780197616093
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • intermediary
  • audit
  • transparency
  • data
  • digital dominance
  • platform
  • content

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