Original title: Le deuxième Sommet européen de l’éducation se tiendra à Bruxelles la semaine prochaine
At the initiative of the Socialists and Democrats, the European Parliament today held a debate on foreign interference and disinformation in national and European democratic processes.
Given continued evidence of attempts by state and non-state actors to undermine political systems in member states and to destabilise the EU by interfering in elections, our group is proposing to establish a special Parliamentary committee to deal with this top priority issue. We urge other political groups to join our fight to defend democracy and support this proposal in a resolution that will be voted on in October.
At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation. This is part of the EU’s firm support to media freedom and independence of journalism in the Western Balkans and underpins the ongoing regional programmes worth €20 million.
A summary of the exchange of views is now available.
The Centre for Democracy & Technology proposes some fundamental principles that should inform future EU policymaking. This input is guided by CDT’s mission to protect the fundamental rights of internet users. While the concerns behind several new policy initiatives are legitimate, CDT emphasises that policy initiatives must be very carefully crafted so as not to harm free expression, access to information, and innovation and entrepreneurship on the internet.
When the World Wide Web was first invented 30 years ago, early users expected the internet to bring humans together, enabling discussion between people who might never meet in real life. But today, those discussions have become angry and polarised. On social media, people use language as a weapon – especially against those they consider their political adversaries.
Lies spread faster than truth, and the study by Eindhoven University of Technology suggests why. EUvsDisinfo decided to use the insights of this study to have a look at recent examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation for elements that might make them appealing to audiences.
The European Commission joins the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, the theme of which is “Transforming Education”, highlighting efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth.
By Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor.
The European Data Protection Supervisor has invited three staff members who have recently joined the institution to share their own thoughts on various topics of interest. In this way, the European Data Protection Supervisor wishes to stimulate the exchange of ideas and perspectives in the field of data protection and beyond.