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#EUelections2019: The EU Must Take Disinformation Seriously

By Jakub Janda, for DisinfoPortal When the EU unveiled its Action Plan against Disinformation in December 2018, some experts welcomed the plan as a good first step toward a savvier and better-equipped West. Others, however, believe that the plan came too late and that the European Commission bears the blame for not treating the threat of disinformation with the urgency and gravity it deserved. Almost five years after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent disinformation

How to boost the Western response to Russian hostile influence operations

By Jakub Janda, for European View Abstract The Russian Federation has become a rogue state in international relations, invading and occupying the territories of three European countries (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine), waging war in the Ukrainian territory, producing massive disinformation campaigns against the West, threatening the Baltic republics, and interfering in various elections and referendums. Despite Russia’s aggressive behaviour, the West’s response to it has been significantly limited, particularly when

Commission’s approach to tackling online disinformation is an empty box

By Jakub Janda, for Euractiv EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel are keeping their eyes wide shut to the Russian disinformation threat, writes Jakub Janda. After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, massive disinformation campaigns were launched by Moscow and its proxies. Ukrainians defending their own country were first to respond, initiatives like StopFake.org became a benchmark for the Western world of how exposing and debunking

Making online platforms responsible for news content

By Klára Votavova, Jakub Janda, for European Values 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

How to hold Facebook and Google responsible for fake news

By Klára Votavová and Jakub Janda, for Atlantic Council Online platforms have become the world’s most influential editors-in-chief. According to a 2016 Reuters Digital News Report, 51 percent of people access online news through social media, allowing these platforms to curate their news intake through personalized algorithms. These platforms have simultaneously gained significant economic leverage: experts estimate that in 2016, the two most influential online platforms, Google and Facebook, controlled

Six Outrageous Lies Russian Disinformation Peddled about Europe in 2016

By Jakub Janda and Ilyas Sharibzhanov, Atlantic Council Russian disinformation is working overtime to undermine European democracies. Much of the disinformation in 2016 came from original Russian sources that presented poorly digested information designed to provoke and to push an agenda that the Kremlin finds favorable. It aims to disconnect ordinary European citizens from supranational EU institutions and national politicians. With key elections in the Netherlands, Germany, and France this year,

Czech intelligence alarmed by Russian ‘threat’

The Czech domestic intelligence agency, the Security Information Service (BIS), has just published its 2015 Annual Report. Besides terrorism and other threats, it provides more detailed insight into its counterintelligence activities than previously. And, as in past years, so too in 2015, it says that “Chinese and Russian intelligence services were the most active in the Czech Republic”. The surge in Chinese economic activity is being supported by the Czech

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