OPP Meeting Summary: EP CONT Committee – ECA Briefing paper on Challenges to effective EU cybersecurity policy (21 March 2019)

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Combating disinformation and securing free and fair elections

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions CIVEX Commission Meeting (1 April 2019)

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Opening keynote speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel at the 9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference

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UPDATED – Agenda: European Council meeting (21 and 22 March 2019)

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Press Release: Code of practice against disinformation: Commission takes note of the progress made by online platforms and urges them to step up their efforts

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.

Briefing: Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders, 21-22 March 2019

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Question for Written Answer: Disinformation

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (19 March 2019)

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Speech by Commissioner Vestager: Dealing with power in a brave new world: economy, technology and human rights

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee

Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (20 March 2019)

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Study: Automated tackling of disinformation – Major challenges ahead

This study maps and analyses current and future threats from online misinformation, alongside currently adopted socio-technical and legal approaches. The challenges of evaluating their effectiveness and practical adoption are also discussed. Drawing on and complementing existing literature, the study summarises and analyses the findings of relevant journalist and scientific studies and policy reports in relation to detecting, containing and countering online disinformation and propaganda campaigns. It traces recent development and trends and identifies significant new or emerging challenges. It also addresses potential policy implications of current socio-technical solutions for the EU.

Press Release: European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe

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.

Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (20-21 March 2019)

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Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (21 March 2019)

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Event: European Business Summit (Brussels, 6-7 May 2019)

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?

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Study: Regulating Disinformation with Artificial Intelligence

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.

Written Answer to a Question: Implementation of the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation

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Press release: Upcoming review of EU cybersecurity policy (19 March 2019)

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.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 (13 & 15 March 2019)

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Event: European Media Literacy Week Conference – Informed Citizens in the Digital Age (Brussels, 19 March 2019)

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.

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