EU has a plan
On Wednesday, the European Commission released its awaited Action Plan against disinformation. The plan focuses on external disinformation, strengthening of EU communication budget
Hence, the Commission and Member States will set up a Rapid Alert System, which concrete form has not been detailed yet. Audiovisual media regulators will be tasked to monitor the implementation of the Code of Conduct signed by online platforms. We are looking forward to this monitoring, as it might constitute a first step for audiovisual regulators to step up on this issue.
Finally, it is very positive that teams of multi-disciplinary independent fact-checkers and researchers will be supported, as well as media literacy initiatives. EU DisinfoLab supports this recommendation in its report on automated tackling of disinformation to be presented on 13 December to the European Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel.
According to Jakub Kalenski from Atlantic Council and Roland Freudenstein from Wilfried Martens Center, “what we need now is a follow-up in the sense of a speedy implementation. The extra resources need to be dedicated to those people who have a track-record in countering disinformation, not to units that talk about “strategic communication”, but in fact do not deliver in countering disinformation.”
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What to read, watch and listen to this week:
- Documents show how Facebook executives treated data as the company’s most valuable resource and often wielded it to gain a strategic advantage.
- British intelligence officials propose way to access encrypted group chats, by ading law enforcement as a “silent” user to the chat or call.
- A simulated Cyber-attack on Twitter: assessing partisan vulnerability to spear phishing and disinformation ahead of 2018 midterm elections by Michael Bossetta
- Lie Detecors educating teenagers to spotting disinformation in ARD Nachtmagazin
- Poynter just launched a podcast about fact-cheking and disinformation
- Dealing with disinformation on health, to read in NiemanLab
- December 10 @ Brussels – Analyzing Russian Interference Operations Across Time and Space: Launch of a New Interactive Tool by GMF Alliance For Securing Democracy
- December 13 @ Strasbourg – EU DisinfoLab will be presenting its report “Automated techniques for tackling disinformation: major challenges ahead” to the Science and Technology Asessement Panel of the European Parliament. The presentation will be livestreamed
- December 18 – DisinfoLab Webinar: How to tackle disinformation with education? With Marije Arentze from Drog project
See all previous and upcomi eng disinfo events in our agenda
Media literacy initiative Lie Detectors is one of the laureates of 2018 the Digital Skills Award