How to Minimize the Impact of Filter Bubbles in the EU Election

Farzaneh Azadasl, Cristina M. Gonzalez, Anna Kary, Ghufran Muhibi, Elena Sánchez Nicolás, Theodoros Papachristou, Emilija Tamosiune, Fazil Tercan, Qiao Zhou

European integration is at a crossroads. With the EU election just weeks away and Brexit on the horizon, polarization on social media and personalized digital algorithms threaten the cohesiveness of the European project.

The EU is very well aware of the danger, demanding action on election advertising transparency on platforms, for example. But it isn’t enough. We, citizens, need to be better informed about the power of algorithms, which shape our digital worlds and galvanize us on issues which can threaten our democracies. As EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager recently told The Atlantic, we are experiencing a “slow tsunami that is changing us, without being able to really fend for ourselves or give direction to our society.”

We’ll tell you some ways we can “fend for ourselves,” but first let’s talk about why this is so important.

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The Digital Battlefield of News Production

C. Barbou, C. Barrios, I. Bobicev, D. Gryllou, A. Jareno, F. Mamic

Digitization has revealed a whole new world in the media industry: traditional print media, such as world famous newspapers like the Guardian, NY Times, Le Monde or popular magazines like National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and many others, are moving towards digital. As a result, the information we are receiving from all around the globe is instant, live and real…or maybe not?

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