In an article in the series "Frankfurter Studien zum Datenschutz" [Frankfurt Studies on Data Protection}, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kettemann discusses perspectives on the regulation of platforms and AI regarding the protection of democracy. The article and the entire issue in which it appeared are available as an open access publication in the eLibrary of Nomos Verlag.
The digital age presents us with entirely new challenges for the participation of citizens in decisions that affect their rights and duties but are made by private actors. Ensuring a minimum level of participation here is an important democratic mandate that lies at the heart of democracies' global AI and platform regulation approaches. Data sovereignty is democracy protection. Communications governance that is sensitive to fundamental rights is democracy protection. AI regulation through ethical guidelines is democracy protection. It is therefore not surprising that democracies, as outlined, are moving forward with normative innovations in these areas. The core issue is nothing less than the conditions for success for institutionalising the reconnection of private and hybrid normative orders and AI use practices to societal values. Democracies can serve as important role models here.
Kettemann, M.C. (2022): Datenherrschaft und Kommunikationsgovernance als Demokratieschutz: Perspektiven auf die Plattform- und KI-Regulierung der Demokratien [Data Domination and Communication Governance as Democracy Protection: Perspectives on Platform and AI Regulation of Democracies]. In: Frankfurter Studien zum Datenschutz [Frankfurt Studies on Data Protection], Vol 64 (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2022), pp. 367-372. doi.org/10.5771/9783748932741