The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing financing of up to €20 million to Bitmovin, an innovative developer of video streaming technology. The company powers world-leading video streaming services offered directly to viewers over the internet, otherwise known as “over-the-top” (OTT) media services. Its clients include the BBC, fuboTV, Hulu Japan, RTL and iFlix.
The EU’s Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have today formally signed an agreement to further increase cooperation in fighting infringements of intellectual property rights, both online and offline.
A majority of internet users use internet for cultural activities, such as reading newspapers, listening to music, watching videos and playing games. In the EU in 2018, 72% of those aged 16 to 74 having used internet in the last 3 months watched videos online and also 72% read newspapers online (in 2017). The shares were slightly lower for listening to music (56%) and playing games (33%) online.
Social media platforms and the algorithms they use to shape the news that people read, as well as people’s behaviour online, all play a role in the rapid spread of disinformation. Research has shown that people tend to be unaware of their own cognitive biases and underestimate the influence of algorithms on their social media behaviour. Improving the media literacy of consumers and reducing their vulnerability to disinformation is a necessary part of the solution. This study proposes an approach based on behavioural science, which triggers people to be aware of their own online behaviour.
A briefing by the European Parliamentary Research Service.
Brussels, 15 October 2019