OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Foreign electoral interference and disinformation in national and European democratic processes (17 September 2019)

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (9 – 10 October 2019)

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Event: Disinformation in EU elections: The role of social media & technology trends (Brussels, 21 October 2019)

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EP Political Party Press Release: S&Ds call for in-depth inquiry through special EP committee into foreign interference in European democratic processes

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.

Press Release: Third EU-Western Balkans Media Days: EU reaffirms comprehensive support to media freedom in the region

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.

Snapshot Papers: Ethical Issues in AI

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (16-19 September 2019)

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Event: EIF Lunch Debate – Digitization and the defense of democracy (Brussels, 15 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Event: Presidency Conference on Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (Helsinki, 10-11 September 2019)

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Event: Digital Summit (Dublin, 20 September 2019)

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Agenda: Horizontal Working Party on Enhancing Resilience and Countering Hybrid Threats (19 September 2019)

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Press Release: Commissioner Jourová in Finland to discuss democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (12 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP CULT Committee – Exchange of views with Roberto Viola (4 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Event: FIC Breakfast “Cybersecurity: Priorities for the incoming European Commission” (Brussels, 6 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP CULT Committee – Presentation of the priorities of the Finnish Presidency by Minister of Education, Li Andersson and Minister of Science and Culture, Hanna Kosonen (4 September 2019)

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Agenda: Terrorism Working Party (TWP) (13 September 2019)

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Stakeholder publication: Nine Principles for Future EU Policymaking on Intermediary Liability

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.

Press Release: Teaching technology to resolve conversational conflict

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.

Event: The Defense of Democracy Lunch Debate (Brussels, 15 October 2019)

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Press Release: Joint statement by Commissioners Mimica, Thyssen, Navracsics, and Gabriel on the occasion of International Youth Day 2019

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. 

Blogpost: Inviting new perspectives in data protection

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.

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