In-depth analysis: potential tool and policy actions to combat fake news

The paper on “Technology as Enabler of Fake News and a Potential Tool to Combat It” investigates the role of technology in the circulation of the so-called fake news. The paper on “The legal framework to address “fake news”: possible policy actions at the EU level” argues that the current policy initiatives adopted by the European Commission are meaningful, but still incomplete. These documents were prepared for Policy Department A at the request of the IMCO Committee.

Blog: Vice-President Ansip on “Crunch time for copyright: Europe needs to find the best way forward”

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Briefing: Latest on the digital economy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The digital revolution, which is reshaping the global economy and societies, offers numerous opportunities, but also poses many challenges, thereby putting governments in a dilemma on how to shape it. While empowering individuals in many ways and spurring impressive inventions, it poses threats of cyber-attacks and privacy abuse. It also raises concern about the future of the labour and social security markets.

Press Release: Silicon Valley is embracing EU’s leadership in data protection and privacy, say S&D MEPs

A delegation of S&D MEPs travelled to the United States this week to meet leading digital and hi-tech players in Silicon Valley, and to discuss how best to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new digital environment.

Event: Challenging (the) Content – Europe’s cultural, media and creative industries and the digital world (Vienna, Austria, 8 – 9 October 2018)

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Agenda: EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (6 September 2018)

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UPDATED – Report: EP JURI Committee on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Event: Reinforcing Cyber Security in the EU: Building Coordinated Security, Confidence and Capability in the Cyber Domain (Brussels, 6 November 2018)

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Study: Copyright Law in the EU: Salient features of copyright law across the EU Member States

As part of the mission to provide the Members and Committees of the European Parliament with new research tools in the area of comparative law, this document presents salient features of copyright law across the EU Member States and, more in particular, the prima facie corresponding provisions in national law relating to the exceptions and limitations contained in Directives 2001/29/EC and 2012/28/EU. The document will be updated regularly, especially in its electronic version, to take account of new or modified provisions of national law in relation to – mandatory or optional – exceptions and limitations deriving from existing or future EU legislation.

Update: Meeting of the Media Literacy Expert Group

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Plenary Session (11-12 July 2018)

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Official Journal (C Series): Summary of EDPS Opinion on online manipulation and personal data

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Press Release: Copyright rules for the digital market: Plenary to decide on opening of negotiations

All MEPs will be called to vote on the negotiation mandate proposed by the Legal Affairs committee to hammer out digital copyright rules. The vote will be on Thursday at noon.

UPDATED – Decisions of the ECON, AFCO and JURI committees to enter into interinstitutional negotiations (for announcement on Monday 02 July 2018)

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Event: EP LIBE Committee Hearing on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Case Part 3: Use of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica and impact on data protection – Policy solutions and remedies (Brussels, 2 July 2018)

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Press Release: Police seize more than EUR 4.5 million in cryptocurrencies in Europe’s biggest ever LSD bust

The Spanish Guardia Civil and the Austrian Federal Police, supported by Europol, have dismantled a criminal network producing and distributing synthetic drugs worldwide, known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), on the Darknet. The criminal group was also involved in money laundering their share of the profits by selling cryptocurrencies, mainly Bitcoins. More than EUR 4 500 000 in Bitcoins, IOTA and lumen was seized by law enforcement authorities.

Agenda: Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues (4 July 2018)

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