4 November 2021 at 16:00 CEST - Online

DISINFORMATION

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DISINFORMATION

There are many cases of disinformation all over the world. It establishes the political tensions, undermines the democracy, supports the polarisation development, which is very often a key tool for the populistic forms of governance. The fake-news, the conspiracy theories development requires the proper response as some tools and solutions used in the catalogue of the European Code of Practices on disinformation for online platform and some future projected instruments, as for instance the defunding of ads used in the process of dissemination of disinformation (demonetisation of fake news). 

But the challenge is regarding to the awareness of people and the critical thinking  skills among the societies. It also requires the clear warning system in the internet build by collaborative efforts of all partners: platforms, users, civil society organisations, media fact-checkers, researchers.

It is essential to understand the reasons of so far dissemination of disinformation - related to the sociocultural phenomena ( the lack of trust of public institutions and science) and psychological causes (some discomforts, especially increased during the Covid-19 time, or related to the attitude of the extreme individualism - “defending my own liberty I am against vaccination” e.g.). 

In the light of the growing disinformation examples during Covid (especially anti vaxx attitudes) and the European institutions works on strengthening the role of Code and its tools for reducing the impact of disinformation - we can discuss about the problem. In addition trying to find the powerful organisers of those manipulative actions.

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About the host

Dr Michal Boni, Former Member of European Parliament, former Minister Poland

Minister of Labour and Social Policy in 1991 and a deputy to the Polish Sejm from 1991 to 1993. He was a member of the Cabinet of Poland from 2009 and was Minister of Administration and Digitization from November 2011 to November 2013. He was elected in 2014 and served as a MEP from the Warsaw region until 2019. From 2019 - SWPS University, Warsaw, University for Social Sciences and Humanities, Senior Researcher Associate-Martens Centre, Senator SMEEurope, Advisory Board - Blockchain for Europe