The gathering in Ireland follows meetings in the United Kingdom and Ottawa. A statement announcing the latest meeting said the committee aims to agree to a set of principles that will underpin international collaboration on tackling issues of harmful content and electoral interference online while respecting freedom of speech.
Last spring at the meeting in Ottawa, Balsillie made six recommendations. Among them, he called for transparency of all commercial and technical relationships between political parties and social media companies, and said strict privacy regulations should be imposed on political parties when it comes to dealing with personally identifiable information.
Balsillie also called for a ban on “personalized” political advertising, saying “this kind of tool for manipulation should not be for sale to the highest bidder during elections.”
He said subscription models are less prone to “poisonous manipulation,” and suggested tax incentives to encourage their adoptions over models that rely on advertising.
He also recommended attaching explicit personal liability to decisions made by chief executives and directors of tech companies, and more effective whistleblower protections.
The first meeting of the International Grand Committee, which is looking to collaborate on the regulation of harmful content and online electoral interference, was held on Nov. 27, 2018 in London.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg declined “several requests” to appear at that first gathering, according to a statement issued last February when Canada’s standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics announced the follow—up meeting in May of 2019.
The list of scheduled speakers for this week’s gathering in Ireland include Facebook’s vice-president of content policy, Monika Bickert.