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Making online platforms responsible for news content

This paper aims to contribute to the highly salient debate on fake news and hate speech by analysing possible ways of online platforms’ regulation. The paper firstly outlines the main challenges currently posed by the rapid spread of hate speech and fake news to democracy. Secondly, it describes the sheer influence of online platforms on contemporary media consumption, the duopolistic position of Facebook and Google in the global digital advertising market and the vast legal protections these online platforms currently enjoy in both the EU and the US. The paper then proceeds to a comprehensive overview of relevant proposals and initiatives, put forward by governments, but also the civil society, the private sector and the platforms themselves. Available in PDFČíst dále

Analyzing best practices from Visegrad &EaP countries responses to hostile disinformation operations

In March 2015, the European Council said that Russian Federation was organising disinformation campaigns against European states. Kremlin tried to manipulate US elections by hacking the DNC, there have been numerous attempts to sway European publics. The EEAS East STRATCOM team publishes a weekly Disinformation Review with dozens of examples of disinformation. European Parliament has passed a resolution on strategic communications and propaganda by third parties (Fotyga Report). The Dutch Foreign Minister Koenders said that „Russian government spreads disinformation (..) at home and abroad“.

This project will do what has so far never been done – in-depth analysis of what status are hostile disinformation operations in 9 (V4 + 5 EaP) countries, and in-depth comparative analysis of state and non-state response to it over past two years will be conducted. Research will be done by national data-gathering & consultations with state experts, but as a follow-up will be a tour de capitals (Haag, Berlin, Brussels) with final study on what measures would be recommended to be taken by EU governments. Top Dutch experts on the issue will also be asked to bring their inputs into the study. It will be the first in-depth comparative analysis assessing reaction of 9 countries have been targeted by disinformation. That is how governments can cherry-pick on what policy measures are effective.

Participating organizations:

CZ: European Values Think-Tank 

PL: CSM

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SVK: SSPI

Slovak Security Policy Institute

HUN: Political Capital Institute

political capital

Armenia: Analytical Centre on Globalisation and Regional Cooperation

acgrc

Georgia: The Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies

The Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies

Ukraine: Detektor Media

Detektor Media

Moldova: Association of International Press (API)

API

Azerbaijan: Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

CESD

Associated Dutch expert: Ruurd Oosterwoud (DROG think-tank, formerly researcher on Russian disinformation at the Dutch MFA)

 

This project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

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