Deepfake democracy: Here’s how modern elections could be decided by fake news

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexander Puutio, PhD Researcher at the University of Turku, Founding Curator of the New York III Global Shapers Hub & David Timis, Scholar at College of Europe, Outgoing Curator at Brussels Global Shapers Hub The emerging threat of […]

What is behind the wide reach of  fake news about Coronavirus?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carolina Vissoci Lima, a 2nd year medical student at Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB) and a member of IFMSA Brazil since 2018. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs. Attempts to influence decision-making in the EU put at risk European democratic societies, warn MEPs in the resolution adopted on Thursday with 469 votes […]

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

EU elections already kicked off yesterday in the UK and the Netherlands with several EU citizens abstaining in Britain due to clerical errors by local councils. The old continent is now following the EU elections closely, worrying about the effect of fake news and growth of far-right parties. The EC published last week various reports concerning […]

How Finland is fighting fake news – in the classroom

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content1 Finland has an effective weapon to combat fake news: education. The Nordic nation tops a list of European countries deemed the most resilient to disinformation, the Media Literacy Index, compiled by the Open […]

The EU might as well go down the drain if foreign meddling corrupts May’s elections

The EU elections will take place in about two months’ time but anti-European together with foreign parties are most likely going to try to exert influence on the upcoming outcome. Anti-establishment parties are expected to change the current balance and status quo if the two mainstream parties, the conservative EPP (European People’s Party) and the […]

Fake news: What it is, and how to spot it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Fake news! You’d have to have been hiding under a rock not to have heard the term that’s risen in prominence in the past few years, been hijacked by politicians and stoked international political tensions along […]

EU elections: Can EU citizens’ awareness eradicate fake news more efficiently than Facebook, Twitter and Google?

Last Thursday, the European Commission published the reports of Facebook, Google and Twitter regarding the progress made in January in their voluntary pledges to tackle disinformation. Disinformation is a major challenge globally and for Europe and all stakeholders have to be actively involved in order to address citizens’ exposure to it. However, the US tech […]

Heard about deepfakes? Don’t panic. Prepare

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samuel Gregory, Programme Director, WITNESS You may have noticed the panic around the threat of ‘deepfakes’. They are one form of so-called ‘synthetic media’, which draw on advances in AI and machine learning to change elements of a […]

Deep fakes could threaten democracy. What are they and what can be done?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Authors: Andrew Chakhoyan, Founder and Managing Partner, Strategic Narrative Consulting Will deep-fake technology destroy democracy, asked the New York Times. While some of us are just learning the jargon, others expect that we’ll enter this brave new post-fact world […]

Scientists can lead the fight against fake news

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Pierre BourguignonPresident, European Research Council We are living in a world with a worrying new trend – anti-science sentiment is growing, and “fake news” is posing a threat, as a steady and insidious flow of untrue or misleading […]

Fake news and Freedom of Press: can the EU ever find the fine line?

The European Commission attempts to tackle disinformation which is spread online by building up strategic measures in the EU. Last January, the EC assigned to a High Level Expert Group (HLEG) to define the problem and propose concrete recommendations on how it can be dealt. The report which was completed last month sets this issue […]