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Digital & Media 10-09-2021

Facebook’s plan to cut back on political content sets up Orbán for re-election 

By cutting back on political content, Facebook is taking the responsibility to further distort political competition in countries like Hungary, where media pluralism has been severely hit by the ruling parties. Such a move could help Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secure another term in power, argues Anna Donath.
Digital & Media 22-01-2021

After Trump: Rule of law and Big Tech Regulation

The stunning events in Washington on January 6th not only showed the fragility of modern democracies but also demonstrated the untamed power of Big Tech, writes Marc Sundermann, Paolo Cesarini and Christophe Leclercq.
Politics 29-01-2020

Communications and identity: A make-or-break year for the EU

With one of its important members seceding, the EU is navigating dangerous and uncharted waters and will need to take a more proactive approach in terms of communication to ensure that the ship stays on course, writes Anthony Spota.
#Media4EU 23-01-2018

The EU’s fake news fraud

The war against fake news is exaggerated and overwrought. If anything, European policymakers are engaging in their own form of dishonest, hysterical yellow news policymaking, argues William Echikson.
We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means.
Digital & Media 06-12-2017

Fake news affects all of us – the debate should reflect all voices

We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means. However, that should not blind us to the fact that significant issues are at stake in the digital world, writes Noel Curran.
Digital & Media 24-11-2017

Fake news panic. Need for EU action?

The discussion of public and private funding must be on the top of any media agenda including how to tackle fake news, writes Renate Schroeder. Investing in resources and staff is a prerequisite for responsible reporting.
Digital & Media 09-12-2016

Using online technology to beat hate

Hate is brewing in society, and its expression through online speech is real and corrosive. Internet companies and NGOs are now working with the EU to fight back, writes Robin Sclafani.
Global Europe 10-11-2016

Time to take back control – the morning after Trump

Much like with Brexit, the question facing EU leaders and influencers after Donald Trump’s election is what next? The crux of the answer is: more of the same, writes Tom Parker.
Future EU 14-06-2016

Action needed as press freedom under attack in Europe

Free speech is a fundamental value for our democratic society in Europe, yet still it is under threat across Europe as restrictions on press freedom creep into our lives, writes Max von Abendroth.
András Baneth, managing director, Public Affairs Council
Digital & Media 18-06-2014

Why EU digital advocacy is more than social media

Engaging an audience around a message is now the rule, not the exception, in EU public affairs. Digital advocacy is here to stay, writes András Baneth.
Climate change 09-10-2013

#OccupyGezi and #RosiaMontana: Turkish and Romanian lessons for Europe 2.0

Social media play a key role in the awakening of civil society over environmental issues in Romania and Turkey, write Radu Magdin and Demir Murat Seyrek.
Elections 26-06-2013

Dear #EU Leaders: #changeEU is in the air

The EU may not be on the verge of a revolution, but it should realise that a sparkle can ignite in a matter of days or even hours a town, a whole country and further, writes Radu Magdin. 
Public Affairs 17-06-2013

Should EU regulatory professionals start engaging in social media?

We are witnessing a new phenomenon where online tools, and especially the mobilising force of social media is no longer restricted to high politics or pure monitoring of EU events, but it is entering the realm of regulatory issues, from pesticides to intellectual property, where policy makers, both on national and EU level, are keen (and sometimes forced) to listen to the public, says András Baneth.
Ukraine 01-02-2012

‘Occupy monopolies’ through social media

Social networks can act as a catalyst to help direct democracy prevail over current economic and political monopolies, writes Viktor Tkachuk from the "People First" organisation in Ukraine.

Europe facing the generational challenge

Europe's recovery cannot succeed if European societies continue to economically and politically exclude their young people, argue Henri Lastenouse and Xavier Damman.