John Albert (he/him)

Policy & Advocacy Manager

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As a Policy & Advocacy Manager at AlgorithmWatch, John Albert covers ADM in the public sphere, especially the subjects platform regulation and legislative processes in the EU (e.g. the Digital Services Act, DSA). Before turning his eye to digital governance, John worked as a visual journalist and also produced documentary films. He holds master’s degrees in Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin and journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Articles for AlgoritmWatch

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Blog, 7 December 2022

A guide to the EU’s new rules for researcher access to platform data

Thanks to the Digital Services Act (DSA), public interest researchers in the EU have a new legal framework to access and study internal data held by major tech platforms. What does this framework look like, and how can it be put into practice?

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Story, 3 August 2022

Facebook’s gutting of CrowdTangle: a step backward for platform transparency

Facebook is quietly dismantling CrowdTangle, a tool that academics, watchdog organizations and journalists rely on to expose disinformation and other problematic content on the platform. The move contradicts the company’s commitments to give researchers better access to data.

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Position, 25 April 2022

The Digital Services Act: EU sets a new standard for platform accountability

A political agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA) reached late last week may set a major blueprint for protecting people’s rights online and holding Big Tech companies accountable. It will do so in part by forcing platforms to be more transparent about the design and function of the algorithmic systems which are core to their business practices.

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Blog, 27 January 2022

EU Parliament approves its negotiating position on the DSA

The plenary vote establishes the European Parliament's position ahead of the trilogue negotiations with the Council of the EU and the Commission, which will start next week. Despite progress by the Parliament on issues like platform transparency, it is far from guaranteed that this progress will be enshrined in the final law.

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