The Responsibilities of Online Service Providers

  • Mariarosaria Taddeo
  • Luciano Floridi

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Mariarosaria Taddeo, Luciano Floridi
    Pages 1-10
  3. Responsibilities and Liabilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Mariarosaria Taddeo, Luciano Floridi
      Pages 13-42
    3. Georgios N. Yannopoulos
      Pages 43-59
    4. Peggy Valcke, Aleksandra Kuczerawy, Pieter-Jan Ombelet
      Pages 101-116
  4. Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibilities

  5. Users’ Rights & International Regulations

  6. Commentaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Rositsa Georgieva
      Pages 325-340

About this book


This volume focuses on the responsibilities of online service providers (OSPs) in contemporary societies. It examines the complexity and global dimensions of the rapidly evolving and serious challenges posed by the exponential development of Internet services and resources. It looks at the major actors – such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo! – and their significant influence on the informational environment and users’ interactions within it, as well as the responsibilities and liabilities such influence entails. It discusses the position of OSPs as information gatekeepers and how they have gone from offering connecting and information-sharing services to paying members to providing open, free infrastructure and applications that facilitate digital expression and the communication of information. The book seeks consensus on the principles that should shape OSPs’ responsibilities and practices, taking into account business ethics and policies. Finally, it discusses the rights of users and international regulations that are in place or currently lacking.


Civic responsibility Freedom of speech Right to be forgotten Digital rights Internet governance Intellectual property Moral responsibilities of online service providers Public-private diplomatic relations Data breach notification duties What Google, eBay, UPC TeleKabel Wien and Delfi have in common EU Legal Framework Regulating OSPs’ security obligations Business ethics and policies Social responsibilities of online service providers

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariarosaria Taddeo
    • 1
  • Luciano Floridi
    • 2
  1. 1.Oxford Internet InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Alan Turing InstituteLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47851-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47852-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-1902
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-1910
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