OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Breton on the EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak (2 April 2020)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

EEAS Special Report Update: Short assessment of narratives and disinformation around the Covid-19 pandemic

Disinformation and misinformation around COVID-19 continue to proliferate around the world, with potentially harmful consequences for public health and effective crisis communication. In the EU and elsewhere, coordinated disinformation messaging seeks to frame vulnerable minorities as the cause of the pandemic and to fuel distrust in the ability of democratic institutions to deliver effective responses. Some state and state-backed actors seek to exploit the public health crisis to advance geopolitical interests, often by directly challenging the credibility of the European Union and its partners.

Press Release: SocialTruth: fighting fake news with trust at the times of Covid-19

SocialTruth is a Horizon 2020 project that puts together search engines, media groups, research institutes and consumers associations. Among several activities dedicated to fight the dissemination of fakes related to the spread of the virus, the project  focuses on aggregating large volumes of datasets enriched with metadata that will be useful to assess credibility levels.

Draft Opinion: EP CULT Committee on Strengthening Media Freedom: the Protection of Journalists in Europe, Hate Speech, Disinformation and the role of Platforms

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Press Release: Audit preview: EU action plan against disinformation

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched an audit to examine the Union’s efforts to fight the spread of verifiably false or misleading information for the purposes of economic gain or intentionally deceiving the public, which may cause public harm. The auditors will assess the EU action plan against disinformation in terms of its relevance, the results achieved so far, as well as its accountability framework. The examination includes the European External Action Service (EEAS) StratCom task forces’ capacity to tackle disinformation, the establishment of the rapid alert system, the code of practice signed by online platforms and other bodies, as well as projects and EU initiatives to raise awareness and improve societal resilience.

Ex-ante Publicity for Negotiated Procedure for Low Value Contract: Study on right-wing violent extremism and hate speech online

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Press release: Statement of the EDPB Chair on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), looked into the processing of different types of personal data in the measures taken by governments, public and private organisations throughout Europe to contain and mitigate COVID-19.

UPDATED – Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (20-21 January 2020)

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CANCELLED – Event: Media and democracy – the way forward (Brussels, 20 March 2020)

Update: Due to the current coronavirus situation, the conference cannot take place as initially foreseen.

During this event, the preliminary findings of the 2020 Media Pluralism Monitor will be presented and discussed. The Monitor is a scientific tool assessing risks to media pluralism in Europe. It is developed by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) of the European University Institute and co-funded by the EU.

Official Journal (C Series): Resolutions, Recommendations and Opinions by the Committee of the Regions

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CANCELLED – Agenda: Working Party on Human Rights (COHOM) (11 March 2020)

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UPDATED – Draft Opinion: EP CULT Committee on Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market

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Press Release: Shaping Europe’s digital future: Eurobarometer survey shows support for sustainability and data sharing

Europeans want their digital devices to be easier to repair or recycle and are willing to share their personal information to improve public services, as a special Eurobarometer survey shows. The survey measured attitudes towards the impact of digitalisation on daily lives of Europeans in 27 EU Member States and the United Kingdom. Previous surveys also covered Europeans’ attitudes towards the environment and towards cyber security.

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