Public consultation on the Guidelines on the targeting of social media users (Guidelines)

Public consultation on the Guidelines on the targeting of social media users (Guidelines) The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has recently launched public consultation on the Guidelines on the targeting of social media users. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is an independent European body competent to contribute to the consistent application of data protection…

ERGA‘s position on the Digital Services Act (DSA): extending and strengthening the powers of the national regulatory authorities (NRA)

ERGA‘s position on the Digital Services Act (DSA): extending and strengthening the powers of the national regulatory authorities (NRA)   In its paper ERGA, the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services, identifies what it believes to be the key policy challenges relating to online content regulation and the key principles that may underpin the…

Fundamental Rights in National Social Media Jurisprudence: A Study of Higher and Appellate Courts

E. Psychogiopoulou and F. Casarosa, ‘Fundamental Rights in National Social Media Jurisprudence: A Study of Higher and Appellate Courts’, [2020] European Human Rights Law Review, issue 2, p. 164-175 Abstract This article examines national court decisions on social media in a selected set of EU Member States, aiming to identify and analyze their fundamental rights…

Facebook’s EU-US data transfer mechanism ‘cannot be used’, Irish regulator says

Facebook’s EU-US data transfer mechanism ‘cannot be used’, Irish regulator says (Reuters) – The key mechanism used by Facebook to transfer data from the European Union to the United States “cannot in practice be used” for such transfers, according to Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, Facebook said on Wednesday. The U.S. social media giant said in…

EURODIG 2020 Forum

EuroDIG 2020 Forum forum | live transcript | live stream Day 1 / 11 June 2020 (all times CEST/UTC +2) 11.00 – 11.30 Studio open, arrival of participants 11.30 – 13.00 WS 4: Innovative uses of blockchain for public empowerment 13.00 – 14.30 Lunch break – Music relaxation 14.30 – 16.00 WS 6: Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities…

Riga Symposium Report

Report on Riga Symposium The symposium was organized by the University of Latvia Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) on the 10th of December. Latvian researchers and opinion leaders, together with European partners, presented the latest findings in the disinformation and media literacy field as well as discussed the future challenges that the digital media landscape…

UNESCO’S INTERNET UNIVERSALITY INDICATORS

A Framework for Assessing Internet Development The Internet has developed rapidly into a communications medium which continues to transform access to information, opportunities for expression, and many aspects of government and business for people around the world. It has become a global marketplace for ideas, goods and services. It has both facilitated the enjoyment of…

Potential impacts of blockchain technology, Internet of Things, 5G and Artificial Intelligence

The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain represent an unprecedented opportunity for the enterprise and the public sector. Every institution capable of exploiting these technologies will have a chance to radically streamline and enhance existing processes, create entirely new business models, and develop innovative products and services for a new generation of…

RESEARCH FINDINGS AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ORGANISATIONS AND INITIATIVES TACKLING FAKE NEWS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This research and policy paper summarises the key findings and recommendations from up-to-date performance analyses of European organisations and initiatives fighting fake news. These findings and recommendations represent the direct outcome of the piloting of an entirely novel methodology for defining key indicators for performance evaluation of fact-checking organisations in a number of…

Comparatively, Germans, women and elederly value privacy more on platforms

Germans place the highest value on privacy compared to the U.S. and Latin American countries.  Across countries, people place the highest value on keeping financial and biometric information private —balance and fingerprint data in particular.    Germany’s status as the country with highest value for privacy is driven  largely by extremely strong preferences for keeping…

National courts, social media and convergence

Research done within the framework of the COMPACT project examined national court cases on social media and convergence in a selected set of COMPACT countries. The following report discusses the jurisprudence of the higher and appeal courts under review, investigates patterns of judicial reasoning and looks at judicial interaction between courts.   Our sample includes 147…

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

 Facebook´ Regulatory Offensive Is Clouded

Mark Zuckerberg published an op-ed in Financial Times titled Big Tech needs more regulation, on February 17, 2017. He outlined there some ideas about the development of regulatory solutions according to Facebook. These ideas are based on the White Paper produced by Facebook and titled Charting a Way Forward..Online Content Regulation.  These regulatory frameworks should…

Gender Equality and Sexist Hate Speech

Council of Europe and hate speech Baku 2019 – Bissera Zankova “Hate speech for the purpose of the Recommendation entails the use of one or more particular forms of expression -namely, the advocacy, promotion or incitement of the denigration, hatred or vilification of a person or group of persons, as well any harassment, insult, negative…

VR and Social Media for Online Training: Medical Realities – Basic Life Support during Covid-19

Educational video for Medical Realities on Basic Life Support During Covid – 19 for training medical staff. The project was created during lockdown in UK using entirely online network methodology for media production. Students from Escape studios volunteered to contribute to the production aiding NHS by working from home computers and using online tools for…

Practice based research projects on Social Media and Injustice – “Wild Wild Web”

Mediaframe Studios presents: Episode 2: “Wild Wild Web” by Isaac Linkens Information disorder is a term that is increasingly being used as an umbrella for the concepts of disinformation, misinformation and malinformation. It proliferated as a novel and useful term to describe the unwanted state of information pollution online, which has sparked an intensive academic…

Practice based research projects on Social Media and Injustice – “Gender and Hate speech”

Mediaframe studios presents: “Bittersweet” by Shazell Vassal Hall We start from the basic premise that gender equality comprises an important aspect of the general issue of equality in society perceived as social involvement, use of and benefiting from all social opportunities on an equal footing by everyone. It is a fundamental human rights’ principle and…

Budapest Symposium Participants

Where are the limitations of freedom of expression in the online media sphere? Where should the states, private companies or communities regulate their and each other’s conduct? What is the role of the government? Is there any connection between a platform’s business interest and a state’s regulatory duty?

Report on Riga COMPACT Symposium

Regional Symposium on Social Media Regulation – Riga, 10 December 2019 Report on “Disinformation, Media Literacy, and Social Media Regulation” Latvian researchers and opinion leaders, together with European partners, presented the latest findings in the disinformation and media literacy field as well as discussed the future challenges that the digital media landscape presents for scientists,…

NOVI SAD 10th International Conference THE BRIDGES OF MEDIA EDUCATION 2018

Publication from NOVI SAD 10th International Conference THE BRIDGES OF MEDIA EDUCATION 2018 “Fighting fake news and hoaxes in the age of convergence: evaluation of fact-checking and debunking organizations’ performance” Bissera Zankova, Media 21 Foundation, Bulgaria     Abstract With the proliferation of new information and communications technologies, the quality of the information environment is…

Addressing Hate Speech

Challenges and dilemmas for the national regulatory authorities in the age of convergence with respect to hate speech Since the time of their inception media regulatory bodies have always faced big challenges. The latter pertain either to their status, structure, and independence or to their competences and the effectiveness of the control they exercise over…

Fighting fake news and hoaxes in the age of convergence: performance evaluation and policies against information disorder

Fighting fake news and hoaxes in the age of convergence: performance evaluation and policies against information disorder Bissera Zankova, Media 21 Foundation, Bulgaria   Abstract With the proliferation of new information and communications technologies, the quality of the information environment is a question that becomes of paramount importance for every person and society. The veracity…

RESEARCH FINDINGS AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ORGANISATIONS AND INITIATIVES TACKLING FAKE NEWS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This research and policy paper summarises the key findings and recommendations from up-to-date performance analyses of European organisations and initiatives fighting fake news. These findings and recommendations represent the direct outcome of the piloting of an entirely novel methodology for defining key indicators for performance evaluation of fact-checking organisations in a number of…

5G – What are the differences between the 5G and current 4G networks? – Discussion Panel I with Mr. Harri Paloheimo, CEO CoReorient

Mr. Harri Paloheimo, CEO CoReorient, former Nokia Green Research Team Leader and Principal Researcher, worked on simulations of NextG radio relay systems, NewsBeez executive team member What are the differences between the 5G and current 4G networks? What are the social, political, and economic implications of the change? What radiation means when relating to 5G…

Access to reliable and accurate information in COVID-19 pandemic: a matter of life and death

Bissera Zankova, Media 21 Undermining the right to health could generate serious risks for society and generations ahead. Disinformation represents a hazardous tool that can seriously jeopardise this right during the raging COVID-19 pandemic. In such grave crisis, disinformation can prove more toxic and perilous than ever. These arguments motivated UNESCO to coin the term…