Le imprese Big Tech: schiave delle leggi per poter essere liberi?

Translated title of the contribution: Big Tech: Slaves of the Law in order to Be Free?

Laura Brandimarte, Lorenzo Pecchi

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«Big Tech»: a combination of technological characteristics and permissive policy framework facilitated the development of a highly concentrated and largely self-regulated market, with users free to interact and generate content. Terms of use established by tech giants are the only rules limiting users' behavior on online platforms, turning these companies into de facto judges of what constitutes legitimate behavior and what gets censored. In this scenario, dangerous behaviors (harassment, incitement to violence, and spreading of disinformation) are justified by the noble principle of freedom of expression. We suggest solutions to re-establish a balance of powers between Big Tech and society.

Translated title of the contributionBig Tech: Slaves of the Law in order to Be Free?
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)811-835
Number of pages25
JournalDiritto Pubblico
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021


  • Antitrust
  • Big Tech
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Networks
  • Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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