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Online disinformation ahead of the European Parliament elections: towards societal resilience

Dates:
  • Mon 11 Feb 2019 17.30 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-02-11 17:30 2019-02-11 19:00 Europe/Paris Online disinformation ahead of the European Parliament elections: towards societal resilience

Few would disagree that fake news, the most visible part of the war of disinformation, represents a real and present threat for our societies. The debate on disinformation encompasses a spectrum of information types. From low-risk forms of click-bait to intentional attempts to corrode trust in our democracies, the latter sometimes by means of techniques that are extremely sophisticated and based on well-orchestrated plans by foreign states and local groups. Information warfare requires capabilities that are both adequate and proportionate.

Luckily the evidence we have so far, from research carried out by the Oxford Reuters group, is that the direct impact of disinformation on political decision making is not alarming with its effects largely limited to groups of “believers” seeking to reinforce their own opinions and prejudices. One needs to also take into account that accusations of fake news are frequently hurled indiscriminately and have themselves become a tool of delegitimisation, as different sides attempt to impose their own narrative. And, paradoxically, the more fake news is discussed, the greater societal problem it is felt to be. This undermines trust in all media and instils the idea that it is impossible to know what is true and what is not. It is this distrust that is especially detrimental to the fundamental role of media as a pillar in our democratic societies.

These challenges need to be taken on board and addressed ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections. If we believe that an informed citizen underpins democracy, then these issues require action.

What actions are and should be taken ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections and all the national elections to follow? What lessons can the EU learn from the US experience? The event will present future proof responses to disinformation emerging from the High Level Policy Dialogue on Online disinformation ahead of the European Parliament elections, including in particular strengthening societal resilience by tools and methods like fact-checking, media- and information literacy, media pluralism and the contribution of well coordinated academic institutes as independent agents well positioned to provide sound evidence and bridge balanced multi-dimensional approaches towards private and public policy makers.

Chair:
Miguel Poiares Maduro | Director, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Panellists:
Madeleine de Cock Buning | School of Transnational Governance, EUI, Chair EU High Level Group on fake news and disinformation
Robert Post | Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Paolo Cesarini | Head of Unit on Media Convergence and Social Media, DG Connect, European Commission

Participation is open to the EUI community and the public. The event will be livestreamed and is followed by a drinks reception. If you would like to attend, please register at the link below.

Theatre, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Theatre, Badia Fiesolana

Few would disagree that fake news, the most visible part of the war of disinformation, represents a real and present threat for our societies. The debate on disinformation encompasses a spectrum of information types. From low-risk forms of click-bait to intentional attempts to corrode trust in our democracies, the latter sometimes by means of techniques that are extremely sophisticated and based on well-orchestrated plans by foreign states and local groups. Information warfare requires capabilities that are both adequate and proportionate.

Luckily the evidence we have so far, from research carried out by the Oxford Reuters group, is that the direct impact of disinformation on political decision making is not alarming with its effects largely limited to groups of “believers” seeking to reinforce their own opinions and prejudices. One needs to also take into account that accusations of fake news are frequently hurled indiscriminately and have themselves become a tool of delegitimisation, as different sides attempt to impose their own narrative. And, paradoxically, the more fake news is discussed, the greater societal problem it is felt to be. This undermines trust in all media and instils the idea that it is impossible to know what is true and what is not. It is this distrust that is especially detrimental to the fundamental role of media as a pillar in our democratic societies.

These challenges need to be taken on board and addressed ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections. If we believe that an informed citizen underpins democracy, then these issues require action.

What actions are and should be taken ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections and all the national elections to follow? What lessons can the EU learn from the US experience? The event will present future proof responses to disinformation emerging from the High Level Policy Dialogue on Online disinformation ahead of the European Parliament elections, including in particular strengthening societal resilience by tools and methods like fact-checking, media- and information literacy, media pluralism and the contribution of well coordinated academic institutes as independent agents well positioned to provide sound evidence and bridge balanced multi-dimensional approaches towards private and public policy makers.

Chair:
Miguel Poiares Maduro | Director, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Panellists:
Madeleine de Cock Buning | School of Transnational Governance, EUI, Chair EU High Level Group on fake news and disinformation
Robert Post | Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Paolo Cesarini | Head of Unit on Media Convergence and Social Media, DG Connect, European Commission

Participation is open to the EUI community and the public. The event will be livestreamed and is followed by a drinks reception. If you would like to attend, please register at the link below.


Location:
Theatre, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
School of Transnational Governance

Type:
Roundtable

Contact:
Fiona Wong (EUI) - Send a mail

Links:
LIVESTREAM LINK
PLEASE REGISTER HERE
 
 
 

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