“A threat to democracy and security.” 12 NGOs demand EU review of Twitter take-over.

Given the alarming implications for democracy and security of the take-over of Twitter by U.S. billionaire Elon Musk, Defend Democracy has sent an urgent letter to the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament. The letter, sent to the European institutions on Sunday 30 October 2022, has been signed by…

Russia’s Great Information War on the West

Russia’s Great Information War on the West started in 2014. How does this impact Putin’s war against Ukraine — and our response? Press ‘play’ to learn this and more in Defend Democracy‘s second Twitter Space, hosted on Friday 11 March 2022. With speakers from: Ukraine StratCom Centre, EUvsDisinfo, Atlantic Council, American Enterprise Institute, and the…

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Russia vs Ukraine: in a hybrid war, how to share information responsibly?

In Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine and the West, how to share information responsibly? Press ‘play’ to learn this and more in Defend Democracy‘s first Twitter Space, hosted on Friday 25 February 2022. With speakers from: NATO, EUvsDisinfo, DFRLab, Human Rights Watch, Cognitive Security. Moderator: Alice Stollmeyer, Defend Democracy Find the do’s and don’ts on…

Stop regulating tech when it’s too late. Make values mandatory from the start.

A values-based approach to new technologies Defending democracy from technological threats is a key pillar of our work. At Defend Democracy, we are very concerned about the myriad of — often unintended — side-effects of new and emerging technologies to our freedoms and fundamental rights. The pandemic has only accelerated these worrying developments, with our…

Disinformation watchdog Kieskijker

From fake politicians to false flags, foreign likes & Trump playbook: looking back on manipulation and disinformation in Netherlands elections

Experts expected domestic and foreign disinformation campaigns would try to disrupt the integrity of the elections in the Netherlands. Our social media watchdog Kieskijker observed many inauthentic online activities around the general elections on 17 March 2021. Through a real-time campaign Kieskijker exposed disinformation and manipulation, thereby decreasing harmful effects and increasing digital literacy. When…

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Defend Democracy: “Risk of online manipulation and disinformation around elections greater than ever.”

Experts expect that domestic and foreign disinformation campaigns will try to disrupt the integrity of the elections in the Netherlands. Our social media watchdog Kieskijker observes online activities that build up to the general elections on 17 March 2021 and sees fake polls, fake political profiles and fake chat groups. Through a campaign, Kieskijker exposes…

Twitter 101: the basics of dealing with disinformation, lies and propaganda

Outraged by the never-ending blatant lies by the likes of Putin, Xi, Orban and Trump? Then make sure you don’t inadvertently help spread their propaganda. Because that’s what it is: their ‘firehose of falsehood‘ is a propaganda technique bombarding us with a large number of messages that are broadcast rapidly, repetitively, and continuously over multiple…

European organisations urge US Congress to protect nonpartisan, independent nature of US Agency for Global Media

Defend Democracy and dozens of other European democracy and rights organisations express their concern about developments at the US Agency for Global Media. They urge US Congress’ foreign affairs committees to act urgently and decisively to maintain the fully nonpartisan, independent nature of USAGM’s journalism networks and open technology fund. “We are writing to you…

Countries call on EU to tackle disinformation more decisively

The corona virus pandemic throws a critical light on current EU efforts to tackle disinformation. The COVID-19 infodemic confirms that online disinformation impacts our real world: it has economic costs and can even be lethal. Clearly, current efforts to tackle this problem are not enough. On Wednesday 10 June the EU Commission will publish a…