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digital public sphere

Enjoying the internet while staying safe online

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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independent journalism

Keeping a media light on: lessons from Hungary

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.

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Further Stories

Examining Russian disinformation in both Western and Central-Eastern Europe

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

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Better transparency tools to put pressure on platforms

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

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United in support of democracy and human rights in Bulgaria

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

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