Discrimination in Online Platforms

This book focuses on the legal governance of online platforms concerning direct and indirect discrimination against users in the housing, advertising, and labor markets. Through an extensive investigation of sources this book illustrates how statutory law and legal precedents in the E.U. and the U.S. are only partially equipped to address discrimination against statutorily protected classes in online platforms.
Author(s):
Ana Maria Corrêa
Series:
KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series
Volume:
14
book | published | 1st edition
October 2022 | xxii + 376 pp.

Hardback
€145.-


ISBN 9781839702884


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This book focuses on the legal governance of online platforms concerning direct and indirect discrimination against users in the housing, advertising, and labor markets.
Through an extensive investigation of sources that include private company practices, antidiscrimination policies, collective and private litigation, court decisions, and public regulation, this book illustrates how statutory law and legal precedents in the E.U. and the U.S. are only partially equipped to address discrimination against statutorily protected classes in online platforms.

In the analysis of the selected sources, the author showcases that the main obstacles to the full implementation of the equality principle rely on online platforms’ structural challenges, including their aesthetic designs, matching tools, evaluation systems, and network effects that ultimately reinforce old biases against protected classes. In light of these structural challenges, the author concludes that the fight against discrimination in online platforms may produce the best results when oriented by a model of regulation that encourages private businesses to implement the principle of transparency, fairness and the active cooperation of antidiscrimination bodies.

Ana Maria Corrêa is a legal scholar attached to CiTiP/Katholiek Universiteit (KU) Leuven. She holds a PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She is member of the Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Group, the Internet Society Association, KU Leuven Digital Society Institute and the Perelman Centre. Prior to joining CiTiP, Ana lectured at the ULB in the Comparative Law Course (2017 and 2020-2021) & at Goethe Universitat Frankfurt in the Global Law Theories course (2016). She coordinated the Equality Law Clinic at the ULB (2016-2017).

Table of Contents

Table of contents and preliminary pages (p. 0)

Ana Maria Corrêa

General Introduction (p. 1)

TITLE I. ONLINE HOUSING AND ACCOMMODATION MARKETS: THE CROSSROADS OF INTERMEDIARY LIABILITY AND ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAW

Introduction (p. 31)

Chapter 1. Fighting Against Discrimination in the Housing and Accommodation Markets (p. 41)

Chapter 2. Housing and Public Accommodation Online Platforms (p. 83)

Conclusion of Title I (p. 113)

TITLE II. ONLINE ADVERTISING MARKETS: WIDESPREAD DATA COLLECTION AND UNEQUAL ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT, GOODS, AND SERVICES

Introduction (p. 115)

Chapter 3. Discrimination in Targeted Advertising: A Path Through Data Collection and Profiling (p. 127)

Chapter 4. Online Platforms: Gatekeepers of Advertisements (p. 171)

Conclusion of Title II (p. 197)

TITLE III. ONLINE LABOR MARKETS: PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND DISCRIMINATORY TERMINATION OF PLATFORM WORKERS

Introduction (p. 199)

Chapter 5. Labor Relations in the Platform Economy (p. 209)

Chapter 6. Transportation Network Companies: A Case-Based Analysis (p. 243)

Conclusion of Title III (p. 269)

General Conclusion (p. 271)

Bibliography (p. 315)

Annexes (p. 367)

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