Attempts at influencing or distorting elections in the United States and other countries, including some European Union Member States, have drawn attention to what is commonly referred to as ‘fake news’, or false news posing as factual stories. Although the phenomenon of generating misleading news stories is at least as old as the printing press, the growth of social media has led to a very significant proliferation of this phenomenon. Some outlets use deceitful headlines and content to boost readership, in a search for higher advertising revenue. Other sources, often sponsored by certain state actors, are accused of spreading ‘fake news’ for entirely political ends. In March 2018, the European Commission published the Final Report of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation, which proposes ways to combat the phenomenon. In April a Commission communication followed, entitled ‘Tackling online disinformation: a European Approach.’
LeadershIP, a forum where global thought-leaders come to exchange ideas on IP and competition issues, is pleased to launch its second European LeadershIP event in Brussels on November 13. This one-day conference will bring together a global network of industry experts, influencers and policymakers to promote a balanced dialogue on today’s cutting-edge policy issues. This second annual LeadershIP EU conference will explore the impact of IP and competition policy on business and innovation as we look toward the future, 5G, IoT, and emerging technologies.
The conference will be dedicated to the discussions on the implementation of the GDPR, ePrivacy, international data flows, the Internet of Things and best practices.
The internet solution and app to manage your depression called Moodbuster, originally developed by the EU-funded ICT4Depression project, is one of the five finalists shortlisted for this year’s European Health Award.
Brussels, 8 September 2018
Commitment to a fair taxation of the digital economy and plan to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union
Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launches the Back2School month as part of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign.