The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) throws its support behind the action plan presented by the Commission and the EU High Representative to counter disinformation and points out that a coordinated response, with an active role played by civil society, is essential.
Today the European Commission published the latest monthly reports from Google, Twitter, and Facebook, on the progress made in February towards meeting their commitments to fight disinformation. The online platforms are all signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation and have committed to report their progress in the run up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019. The publication of the monthly reports follows a meeting yesterday afternoon between the Commission and the platforms to discuss the state of play.
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee
In September 2018, as part of the State of the Union, President Juncker proposed measures to bolster European democracy and protect free and fair elections in Europe. Ahead of the European elections, Commissioner Vera Jourová has written to national political parties calling on them to ensure transparency of political advertising, to be ready to face cyberattacks and to respect European data protection rules during the campaign.
This year EBS will feature the following themes: Embracing the Artificial Intelligence Revolution, Innovation for Climate Adaptation, Citizens at the Heart of Innovation, How to Protect Elections From Disinformation and Fake News?and How to Bridge the Gap Between the EU Institutions and EU Citizens?
OPP are a knowledge partner of the EBS summit.
In this study, the consequences of the increasingly prevalent use of artificial intelligence (AI) disinformation initiatives upon freedom of expression, pluralism and the functioning of a democratic polity are examined. The study examines the trade-offs in using automated technology to limit the spread of disinformation online. It presents (self-regulatory to legislative) options to regulate automated content recognition (ACR) technologies in this context. Special attention is paid to the opportunities for the European Union as a whole to take the lead in setting the framework for designing these technologies in a way that enhances accountability and transparency and respects free speech. The present project reviews some of the key academic and policy ideas on technology and disinformation and highlights their relevance to European policy.
On Tuesday 19 March 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a briefing paper on the EU’s cybersecurity policy.
The briefing paper aims to provide an overview of the EU’s complex cybersecurity policy landscape. It covers network and information security, cybercrime, cyber defence and disinformation, taking into account developments up to December 2018.
This event will be hosted by the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel and will bring together experts from the public and private sector from across the EU to debate the topic. Participants will discuss the role of public authorities and different stakeholders in promoting media literacy. Moreover, best practices in media literary across the EU will be presented.