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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Platformization: the Challenges and Opportunities for Traditional European Media

Gabriel Rosa, Valerio Spinosi, Vesë Latifi, Yangyang Yang, Abdirahman Mohamed Issa, Ali Nishikawa, Ágnes Modrovich, Xiaochen Zhang, & Xuwen Zheng

An Epochal Change: Can Traditional Media Survive in the Era of Platforms?

Platforms are doing to traditional European media what the press did to the spiritual influence of the Catholic Church, which had the complete power on communication and information in the 15th century. It happened once in a blue moon in history that such strong organizations lost their communication and political supremacies towards something totally new without having the possibility to win their authority back and without having to change their traditional structures and mode of action.1

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Being a TV viewer in the Digital Era

Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of Broadcasting in the Digital Era

A. Afilipoaie, B. Anokye, D. Dodul, M. Esau, K. Gokhman, L. Zavala

A few decades ago, “watching television” was a daily habit that suddenly became a lost practice in the Digital Era due to the development of new technologies, the arrival of more and better devices and connectivity improvements that completely changed users’ experience, allowing them to watch whatever they want, at any time and in any place.

The internet damaging television

The internet offers new channels where users can participate in content production, creating a sense of ownership over the medium, a sense of empowerment that was absent in the era of television or broadcast media.

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