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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

Disinformation online leads to negative consequences offline

Disinformation online leads to negative consequences offline Published: 20 March 2020 “Now that everybody can see the data, we can actually prove what is happening,“ – Sofija Todorovic, Project Coordinator at BIRN. We all know digital freedom violations take place. However, as a lot of data is often missing, evidence can be

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Mystery around the methods online platforms use to target users

Mystery around the methods online platforms use to target users Published: 18 February 2020 “People need the power to decide on how they want to protect themselves” – Katarzyna Szymielewicz, co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation. Political campaigns increasingly target voters online with messages appealing to personal characteristics, a strategy

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Civic organisations to stand up together for democracy

Civic organisations to stand up together for democracy Published: 6 February 2020 “I see a positive change in the way civic organisations are working together in the Czech Republic,” – Petr Lebeda, founder and director of Glopolis, Experience tells us that cooperation and mutual trust between organisations of active citizens

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