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THE IMPACT OF ONLINE DISINFORMATION OVER ELECTORAL CAMPAIGNS: RISKS FOR DEMOCRACY AND TOOLKIT TO ASSESS THEM

Communication and Media
Date: Monday, 04 March 2019 17:00 - 19:30

Venue: European Parliament, ASP building, Room A3H1

In the last few years, we have witnessed a gradual deterioration of public trust in the political parties and democratic institutions, together with the growth of extremist and populist movements and parties. This process takes place in a context marked by an extreme connectivity, where the Internet works as a massive global loudspeaker amplifying social phenomena. Therefore, distress grows and spreads now in our societies easier, wider and faster than ever.

From a security point of view, our electoral processes face three types of cyber-threats, whose authors might be sovereign States, hackers, cyber activists or lobbies:
1. Manipulation of votes (interferences in the vote counting systems, cyber-attacks, data theft or leaks, etc.)
2. Manipulation of voters (disinformation and fake news, targeted manipulation campaigns with the use of social networks and/or big data).
3. Destabilization and havoc dissemination campaigns (mechanisms are similar to point 2). The Internet and social networks like Twitter, Facebook y WhatsApp have become optimal channels for spreading antidemocratic and antieuropean speeches, often with the help of fake news and disinformation.

For this reason, we have to keep a close look on the digital arena in order to tackle the threats against democracy and face those groups and organizations promoting chaos, seeding distrust and hate or simply trying to get support for extremist and populist political options.


The purpose of this seminar is to shed some light on these phenomena with the aid of experts from the technological, institutional and academic spheres, providing the public with a “toolkit against disinformation” to be used during 2019 election to the European Parliament.


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  • Monday, 04 March 2019 17:00 - 19:30

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