NoC study on Online Intermediaries

The Network’s Online Intermediaries project is a policy-oriented research initiative aimed at examining the rapidly changing landscape of online intermediary governance at the intersection of law, technology, norms, and markets. In concert with other research projects, it seeks to develop criteria, comparative methods, and a shared data repository, and to compile insights and lessons learned across diverse communities of knowledge aimed at informing and improving Internet policy-making globally.

The first research output as part of the larger initiative consists of a case study series exploring online intermediary liability frameworks and issues in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam, and a synthesis paper that seeks to distill key observations and provide a high-level analysis of some of the structural elements that characterize varying governance frameworks, with a focus on intermediary liability regimes and their evolution.  This research builds upon a series of in-person working meetings, including a workshop hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where the draft country reports and key elements of the synthesis were discussed. Throughout the process, learning calls supported the sharing of research and methods among the collaborators.

Case Studies & Synthesis Document 

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: European Union and Google Spain" By Aleksandra Kuczerawy and Jef Ausloos [Interdisciplinary Center for Law & ICT, KU Leuven

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Online Intermediaries in India" By Chinmayi Arun and Sarvjeet Singh [National Law University, Dehli

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Intermediary Liability – Not Just Backward but Going Back" By Kyung-Sin (K.S.) Park [Korea University Law School

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Brazilian Courts and the Internet – Rulings Before and After the Marco Civil on Intermediary Liability" By Carlos Affonso Souza and Ronaldo Lemos [Institute for Technology & Society, Rio]

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Online Intermediary Liability in Thailand" By Pirongrong Ramasoota [Thai Media Policy Center, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Turkey (eBay Case)" By Nilay Erdem and Yasin Beceni [BTS & Partners

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Intermediary Liability in the United States" By Adam Holland, Chris Bavitz, Jeff Hermes, Andy Sellars, Ryan Budish, Michael Lambert, and Nick Decoster [Berkman Center for Internet & Society

"NoC Online Intermediaries Case Studies Series: Roles and Liabilities of Online Intermediaries in Vietnam – Regulations in the Mixture of Hope and Fear" By Thuy Nguyen  

"Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations From a Series of National Case Studies" By Urs Gasser and Wolfgang Schulz [Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Hans-Bredow Institute and the Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society]

The synthesis and case studies are also available for download on SSRN