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Twitter, Vimeo, and others launch Open Internet Alliance for ‘fair’ regulation in Europe and elsewhere

Interoperability, decentralisation, and net neutrality are among the eight principles espoused by the OIA.

Twitter, Vimeo, WordPress parent company Automattic, social media network Jodel, and search engine Seznam have banded together to form the 'Open Internet Alliance' (OIA). The alliance looks to advocate for fair and progressive regulation in Europe and globally, according to its website. "Our advocacy efforts may take multiple forms and will feature ad hoc participation from a range of companies and foundations. We’ll work on public position papers, open letters to EU institutions, appealing directly to policy officials, and we’ll endeavour to organise public events, panels or roundtables for interested audiences." — OIA The alliance's first plan of action appears to involve the European Union's Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This legislation could make the largest and most powerful companies even larger and more powerful, OIA said while adding that it should reflect principles of the 'Open Internet'. Keeping tabs on OIA would shed light on how Twitter and other tech platforms think about key tech policy issues. 8 principles: Regulatory unity, focus on amplification and not only takedowns, etc. Global regulatory alignment: "The Open Internet Alliance advocates for regional and global regulatory alignment to avoid disparate national laws and different consumer experiences," it said, adding that there should be one open internet. Focus on content discovery and amplification: The current model of looking at maintenance and deletion of online content benefits the largest companies, OIA said while suggesting that regulations should instead address content discovery and amplification. Give consumers more control and transparency: Consumers should be given more…

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