The spread of online disinformation is a threat that can deeply affect our society by hampering the ability of citizens to make informed choices, disrupting electoral processes and breaking the integrity of our democratic institutions. Its complexity represents a challenge that needs to be tackled on multiple fronts and through a more holistic approach.
In light of this, on November 12th ECAS held the Online Disinformation: Finding the silver bullet in the digital world conference, which focused on exploring solutions to countering online disinformation. By involving diverse stakeholders working in the field, participants took stock of the achievements made in tackling online disinformation in Europe and looked at the way forward to protect citizens from this threat.
The event featured two interactive panels where decision-makers, tech platforms, civil society organisations, civic campaigners and academics ‘challenged’ and commented each other’s positions on the subject of ‘online disinformation’. The panels went through different aspects of the problem: the first debated a possible regulatory approach to tackle online disinformation. The second panel presented efficient initiatives and actions to empower citizens and to build the necessary resilience to ensure a prosperous, safe and democratic digital future for European citizens.
This conference was organised with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee