Keynote Speech Information
Prof. Silvia Giordano is the head of the NetLab at SUPSI, Switzerland. Holding a PhD from EPFL, Switzerland, she has obtained national and international grants for innovative projects worth over 10 million CHF, which she has coordinated successfully. She was a co-author of the NCCR proposal of EPFL, which was awarded CHF 38 million by the SNSF, reaching over CHF 100 million with investments by participants and external funders. Projects such as MONARCA and PROMO have reached technology readiness level TRL9 and released final products that entered the market. She is a member of the Partnership Board of Big Data Value and is involved in the creation of a Big Data Innovation Hub in Ticino. She is additionally the responsible person of the SUPSI research area on Digital EcoSystems and a member of the SUPSI Research Group that supervises the research strategies in SUPSI.
SUPSI - Switzerland
The ubiquitous adoption of social media has facilitated the distribution of harmful content such as hate speech and disinformation. Users leave digital footprints on a daily basis with social media, and this makes more easy to spread harmful content and attack their privacy.
However, the business model of social media is grounded precisely on this spread, so the barely intervene.
The reluctance of social media companies to handle harmful content and the lack of transparency in their moderation policies have led to calls for regulation of social media platforms.
However, the design and enforcement of social media regulation present critical difficulties for policymakers, including
limited access to data, statistics, metrics, and algorithms
lack of tools for predicting the impact and unintended consequences of specific regulations
and diverse contexts of different countries
Its therefore necessary to establish a clear, traceable, and replicable methodology to craft policy recommendations that effectively mitigate the harms of social media actors responsible for abusive and illicit behaviors.