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.