BIRN, together with SHARE foundation, has been monitoring how digital rights violations in Central and South-Eastern Europe are impacting democracy and human rights even before the pandemic changed people’s lives. With the pandemic, however, they saw a tremendous growth of rights violations linked to Covid-19.
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By working together, members of the coalition led by VoxPublic unite strengths and expertise to promote and defend the rights of civil society actors and to provide response strategies to the growing repression experienced by associations.
Under Hungary’s present government, many independent or critical voices in the media have been silenced. Yet journalists have built new business models to go on holding the powerful to account. The founders of investigative news site Direkt36 see leaders elsewhere emulating Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and want to share what they’ve learned.
Democracy Reporting International (DRI) recently launched a user-friendly concept for a web-based toolkit to monitor social media during elections. As the phenomenon of social media influencing the political arena is something known only for about 5 years, little knowledge existed about the impact on democracy.
Examining Russian disinformation in both Western and Central-Eastern Europe Published: 2 July 2020 “Russian propaganda is constantly shifting strategies, focusing more and more on amplifying messages rather than creating its own. So it’s both evolving and becoming less detectable at the same time,” – Rumena Filipova, research fellow at the Center for
The phenomenon of junk news and its dissemination over social media platforms have transformed political debates in Europe. Civitates supports the Oxford Internet Institute, which is currently producing a series of research related to misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Better transparency tools to put pressure on platforms “While it is clear that algorithmically driven intermediaries shape public discourse, we do not know the exact details. That is why transparency is one of the most important regulatory goals,” – Mackenzie Nelson, project manager of ‘Governing Platforms’ at AlgorithmWatch. In order to tackle
United in support of democracy and human rights in Bulgaria Published: 23 April 2020 “The Covid-19 crisis highlights the need for civil society to adopt a proactive mindset”- Svetlana Mihaylova, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Bulgarian Fund for Women. Bulgarians have an overwhelmingly low level of trust and participation in
Smartphone apps to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. What about personal data? Published: 9 April 2020 “Actions to tackle the covid-19 virus using personal data should have proper safeguards,” – Diego Naranjo, head of policy at EDRi. The novel Covid-19 disease is a global health crisis, and the ways countries in Europe