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Biting through: tackling the power of big tech

By Paul Tang / 15 December, 2020

Europe must bring the power of the large, often American, online platforms under democratic control. That is the promise made by EU commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton in their Digital Services and Markets Acts published on 15 December. Those proposals do not go as far as the announcement by...

The dangers for democracy from America’s populist drift

By Vivien A. Schmidt / 9 November, 2020

Donald Trump has undermined the very essence of the US Presidency. However, he and the current Republican party are not alone responsible for the decline of American democracy. The US is certainly a divided country today, but those divides have been building for a very long time, with a Republican...

Fighting fake news should be a priority as it poses an existential threat to the EU

By Paolo Celot / 18 December, 2017

‘Fake news’ is a hot political subject, in particular given that it is frequently spread quickly via social media. In an interview with Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive Post, with Paolo Celot, Secretary General of the European Association for Viewers’ Interests (EAVI), gives his views on the trends behind...

How will Germany’s new law combat fake news and hate crime?

By Heiko Maas / 18 December, 2017

Germany has passed a new law to counter hate crime and fake news on social media networks. When users report potentially illegal content it will be up to the social media to check that content and delete it speedily if it is illegal. If they don’t comply they will face...

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