Disinformation

13 Sep: Deepfake distortion of democracy

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Faced daily with fake news and disinformation from a range of sources, we must now also contend with deepfake and try to work out whether what is being presented to us through media, images, audio or written texts is reality or just a perfect fabrication.  

Deepfake is a creation of synthetic media through the utilisation of artificial intelligence (AI). Deep, refers to the “deep learning” concept applied with the addition of “fake”, being the non-reality. The concept takes an existing image or video of an individual and replaces it …

01 Jul: Disinformation campaigns thrive.

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Disinformation campaigns are used across the globe to spread geo-political propaganda, to incite discrimination and hate, and to target those already persecuted in society on grounds of their ethnicity, religious following or cultural minority. As a democracy, the European Union has a responsibility to inform its citizens of disinformation campaigns originating from inside the European Union and from externally where such malicious activities are proven. The challenge, for those inside the European Union, is to put aside their prejudices in the pursuit of the truth as those who believe they …

03 Jun: EU needs to step up its efforts to tame disinformation

(Source: EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS)

Disinformation is a serious and increasing problem across the EU. In 2018, the EU issued an actionplan to combat disinformation. This plan was relevant at the time it was first drawn up, but it isincomplete. Its implementation is broadly on track, but it is still being outpaced by emergingthreats. This is the conclusion of a special report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).The auditors found that more coordination is needed at EU level, and that Member States need tostep up their involvement, for instance in the rapid alert system. There is also a …

17 May: Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights: focus on foreign interference

(Source : European Parliament)

EU Member States have come under continuing external threats, which pose serious risks for democratic societies. Parliament’s new Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the EU, including Disinformation, makes part of the Union’s toolbox to counter these attacks, states Chair Raphaël Glucksmann in the opening article of this issue of the Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights. He adds that new rules have to be set and national legislations must be harmonised. 

Other issues featured in this month’s newsletter include the impact of teleworking on workers and society, education and youth in post-COVID Europe, …

17 May: Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights: focus on foreign interference

(Source : European Parliament)

EU Member States have come under continuing external threats, which pose serious risks for democratic societies. Parliament’s new Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the EU, including Disinformation, makes part of the Union’s toolbox to counter these attacks, states Chair Raphaël Glucksmann in the opening article of this issue of the Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights. He adds that new rules have to be set and national legislations must be harmonised. 

Other issues featured in this month’s newsletter include the impact of teleworking on workers and society, education and youth in post-COVID Europe, …

11 May: European Democracy Action Plan: A “democratic vaccine” against disinformation and hate speech

(Source: Committee of Regions)

A thematic debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe also took place during the CIVEX meeting, where members stressed that the current EU institutional framework does not properly reflect the sub-national representative bodies like regional parliaments​​Populism, nationalism, disinformation, hate speech and conspiracy theories are widespread in the European public and political sphere, which is leading to polarisation and intolerance. The deterioration of fundamental rights in one Member State has a negative impact across the EU. Therefore, in the 8th meeting of the CIVEX Commission, members welcomed the European Commission’s initiative on the European Democracy Action …