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30 September 2019 by COMPACT Project

COMPACT Project: Regional symposium Brussels: Disinformation in EU elections: The role of social media & technology trends


On behalf of the organizing team it is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the upcoming Regional symposium titled:

“Disinformation in EU elections: The role of social media & technology trends”

The regional COMPACT symposium is taking place at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, in Brussels (Avenue de Cortenbergh 79, 1000 Brussels), on 21 October 2019.

How have social media changed our ways of interacting and communicating? And what is their impact on public discourse, the media landscape, and our democracies? The COMPACT symposium brings together policymakers, academics, NGOs, and other stakeholders to discuss ways to make social media and our democratic discourses more resilient to extremism and disinformation, especially in regard to elections.

The European Elections in May 2019 have been viewed as a potential target of foreign influence, but also as susceptible to the spread of false information and misleading political advertisement from actors within the EU. While traditional national electoral legislations formulate rules about political advertisement, these rules were developed in a traditional media environment and may not be fit for a changing social media landscape. This conference would like to debate whether the set of measures proposed by the European Commission in advance of the elections has been successful. Further, we will discuss what else could be done to make sure our electoral system, social media legislation, and online political advertisement are fit for the digital century. We will present preliminary findings from the COMPACT project which is mapping technological, regulatory, and policy developments in social media and content convergence. The aim of the COMPACT project is to raise awareness about emerging legal, policy, and technological developments, and increase the understanding of how the convergence of those trends influences media and society.

9.00 – 9.30          Networking welcome coffee
9.30 – 9.45        Keynote speech H.E. Peter Javorčík, Ambassador of Slovakia to the European Union (tbc)
9.45 – 11.00      Panel 1: What lessons can be learnt from disinformation in the European Elections? How effective were the measures taken?
11.00 – 11.15      Coffee break
11.15 – 12.30    Panel 2: What types of threats? Misinformation, disinformation, hacking – who are the players and what to do about those threats?
12.30 – 13.30      Lunch break
13.30 – 15.00   Panel 3: Discussion of COMPACT findings: Overview of regulatory initiatives and suggestions in Europe and beyond in the area of “Information disorder and social harms”
15.00 – 15.15      Coffee break
15.15 – 16.30    Panel 4: Role of social media platforms: How can data reliant platforms act responsibly?
16.30 – 17.00    Wrap up & lessons learnt: Do we need harmonised European electoral laws? Do we need an agency for democracy?



* Support and disclaimers:
- This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 762128.
- This publication reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.