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Guest blog post by Gaffar Abdul, Communications Officer at Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). ‘Fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘online falsehoods’ – call it what you may, but let us not be mistaken – this is not a recent phenomenon. Neither is it truly a new problem, though arguably it has gained new relevance in today’s information society, largely… » read more

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Guest blog post by Austeja Trinkunaite, Secretary General The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) According to our recent study, 38 % of the analysed European National Cybersecurity Strategies (NCSS) fail to represent a holistic and political-strategic approach to cybersecurity. Many EU member states focus almost exclusively on short-term, operational aspects, and neglect the… » read more

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Guest blog post by Edward Danks, Programme Coordinator, European Institute for Asian studies As new, digital platforms have precipitated journalistic innovation, the simultaneous rise of fake news and the spread of disinformation throughout the media has left the industry in a state of flux. The implications of this issue however, spread far beyond the undermining… » read more

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Guest blog post by David Ibsen, Executive Director of the not-for-profit Counter Extremism Project (CEP). Just over a month ago, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg survived his much anticipated first appearance before the U.S. Congress, in large measure because Senators and Representatives tried to focus too narrowly on how technology works, rather than how it has… » read more

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Guest post by Melina Sanchez, co-founder and chairwoman of the international think tank European Horizons.   “Are you a monopoly?”   U.S. Senator Graham asked billionaire Mark Zuckerberg that question when the CEO and chairman of Facebook testified last month. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal may have prompted the current clash between American lawmakers and the… » read more

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  Guest blog post by Stefano Quintarelli, Member of Parliament, Italy. Two weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it’s time to draw some conclusions and try to advance the debate with some structural proposals. Facts are clear: large-scale usage of a massive amount of user’s profiles collected from unaware and non-participating users, utilized to systematically… » read more

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  Guest post by Doriane de Lestrange, lawyer focusing on EU Regulatory law   The High Level Group on Fake News is about to hold its inaugural meeting this January 2018, at a time where more and more Member States are addressing this topic at national level thus pressuring the EU Commission to act against… » read more

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Guest post by Zachary Ellis, intern at Biderbost, Boscan & Rochin (BB&R) Over the past couple of weeks of 2017, an innovative phenomenon has been taking place in local Salamancan schools. The European project eParticipation is making its presence known within classrooms, and it is positively affecting youth all across Salamanca, London, and Palermo. The… » read more

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Guest post by Kris Beyens, VP and COO of eBay EMEA Racing to keep up with a rapidly evolving digital world can be exhausting for everyone, and when you’re just starting out, it is even more important to find that competitive edge.   For digital businesses, whether that’s an artisan baker in L’Aquila, Italy, or… » read more

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Data is not the new Oil

Guest post by Jakob Kucharczyk, Director of Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Europe It’s not entirely clear who first coined the term “data is the new oil”. But as people scrambled to explain data as the ‘new something’ – the new currency, the new coal, the new gold, and even the new bacon –… » read more

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