Workshop: Does Disinformation Pose a Threat to Our Democracy?
Nicholas Bukovec, euro|topics, Ireland
Olivia Kortas, euro|topics, Poland
Moderation: Judith Fiebelkorn, euro|topics, Germany
Since the Brexit referendum and Trump’s election as US president the issue of disinformation has come under increased public scrutiny. Social media and their algorithms are facilitating the mass distribution of false information, but traditional media may also conceal or emphasise certain aspects of a given topic. The correspondents of the euro|topics press review take a look at Europe’s media landscapes: What disinformation campaigns has our continent experienced in recent years? What impact did they have on societies characterised by (social) inequalities? And what can be done to prevent the spread of false information?