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Four people died, the Congress was evacuated and the National Guard activated when an angry mob, fueled by disinformation from social media, stormed one of the biggest symbols of democracy, the Capitol, on January 6th, 2021.
It left the world shocked. The attack highlighted the danger that our digitalized democracy faces, and underlined how easily foreign states and cyber trolls can interfere in elections and create crushing division in societies.
Right now the Council and European Parliament are preparing suggestions to strengthen the Commission’s proposal to regulate big digital platforms, the Digital Services Act, and the Digital Markets Act. Meanwhile, members of the Parliament are working to come up with ideas to protect European citizens from cyber threats, trolls, disinformation, and other attempts to manipulate elections.
How should the EU regulate the role of Social Media in the digital democracy? How can we limit the range of foreign states’ interference in the public debate? Is it possible to restrain the extremely influential algorithms on online platforms? And how will legislators secure the vital freedom of speech while protecting democracy against destructive, sometimes deadly, disinformation?
Online debate with Bart Groothuis and Morten Løkkegaard. Moderator: Vibe Termansen (DEO). The debate will be held in English.
Morten Løkkegaard (Venstre) is a member of the European Parliament, the Renew Europe Group, and vice-president of the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation.
Bart Groothuis (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) is a member of the European Parliament, the Renew Europe Group, and the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation.
The event is held with financial support from the European Parliament and Europa-Nævnet.