Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence

MozFest 2021: Workshop AI, Media & Democracy Lab

What would happen if Facebook or Google decided to leave the Netherlands tomorrow?


What would happen if Facebook or Google decided tomorrow to follow the Australian example and leave the Netherlands because they do not agree with the direction in which the debates around the Digital Service Acts are evolving?

A thought experiment so far, and yet the experience of Australia and the power play between government and tech giants has shown us that it can become reality all of a sudden. Where would that leave governments and the Dutch news sector that in so many ways depend on the big tech companies.

The panel is co-organized by the Amsterdam AI, Media & Democracy Lab and the City of Amsterdam. A conversation featuring Marietje Schaake (Stanford), Alexandra Borchardt (Reuters Institute, University of Oxford), Johan Oomen (Beeld & Geluid), Ger Baron (City of Amsterdam), Hella Hueck (Financieel Dagblad) & Mark Deuze (Journalism and Media Culture, UvA), as well as the City of Amsterdam and the AI, Media & Democracy Lab.

MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. Over the last ten years, MozFest has fueled the movement to ensure the internet benefits humanity, rather than harms it. As the festival matures and moves online for this year, we’ll remain focused in our work to build a healthier internet and more Trustworthy AI.


Start date 15 Mar


19:15 - 20:15