First online meeting of the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies

16 September 2020 Strasbourg

On 15-16 September the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies (MSI-DIG) held its first meeting online, due to current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee is composed of 13 members, comprising seven member States’ representatives,...

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Full composition of the new Expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech announced

11 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is pleased to announce the full composition of its new Expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech. This inter-disciplinary group of 16 leading specialists (ten member State representatives elected by the CDMSI (Steering Committee on Media and Information Society) and the...

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Chair of the CDMSI addressed the new Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion on hate speech

10 September 2020 Strasbourg

On 9 September, Inge Welbergen intervened at the first meeting of the CDADI to present past and ongoing initiatives of the CDMSI related to hate speech. Both Steering Committees will be jointly overseeing the work of a new sub-ordinate body, the Expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech...

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Council of Europe publishes new Report on gender equality and media

23 July 2020 Strasbourg

A new analytical Report looking at the current legal and policy situation regarding gender equality and media has been jointly released by the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission and Steering Committee on Media and Information Society. It examines the progress made since the adoption...

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Online meeting of the CDMSI Bureau

29 April 2020 Strasbourg

On 28 April 2020 the Bureau of the CDMSI held its 17th meeting which, in view of current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, took place online. The Bureau took note of the ongoing work of the expert committees subordinated to CDMSI - Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression...

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Algorithms and automation: Council of Europe issues guidelines to prevent human rights breaches

8 April 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today called on its 47 member States to take a precautionary approach to the development and use of algorithmic systems and adopt legislation, policies and practices that fully respect human rights. In a Recommendation on the human rights impacts of algorithmic systems, the...

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The Committee of experts on media environment and reform (MSI-REF) begins work

30 March 2020 Strasbourg

Due to the cancellation of the first MSI-REF meeting scheduled for 18-19 March 2020, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, the members of the Committee of experts on media environment and reform began their work with an exchange of views via videoconference. The MSI-REF was tasked with preparing three...

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Freedom of expression and information in times of crisis

21 March 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by the Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on media environment and reform (MSI-REF) The evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing a public health emergency. In this time of great public concern, it is of particular importance for member states to recognise the crucial...

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MSI-DIG launches its work via videoconferencing

27 mars 2020 Strasbourg

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, the first MSI-DIG meeting, scheduled on 16 and 17 March 2020 in Strasbourg, could not take place. Members of the Expert Committee on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies convened a first exchange of views via videoconference to discuss their...

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COVID-19 pandemic imposes travel limitations

9 March 2020 Strasbourg

Due to rapid spread of COVID-19, the Council of Europe has decided to apply extraordinary measures, to limit the potential spread of the virus. All meetings in Strasbourg involving international experts have been cancelled until April 9th. Missions of Council of Europe staff to other destinations...

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New committee will explore the impacts of digital technologies and AI on freedom of expression

30 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is pleased to announce the full composition of its new Expert Committee on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies (MSI-DIG). This inter-disciplinary group of leading specialists will explore the impacts of digital technologies and AI on freedom of expression. Over...

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Chair of the CDMSI at the World Forum for Democracy

11 November 2019 Strasbourg

On 6 November 2019, ambassador Thomas Schneider, the Chair of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) contributed to the Lab of the World Forum for Democracy on "Building Resilience to Disinformation". The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) is...

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Quality journalism in the digital age

28 September 2019 Strasbourg

The 4th meeting of the Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) took place in Strasbourg. The Committee discussed and finalised the Draft study on supporting quality journalism through media and information literacy. The experts also finalised the Draft...

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MSI-AUT experts discuss impacts of algorithmic systems on human rights

23-24 September 2019 Strasbourg

The 4th meeting of the Committee of experts on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) takes place in Strasbourg on 23 and 24 September 2019. The experts are finalising the draft recommendation on the human rights impacts of...

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Focus on defamation: a new Council of Europe study draws attention to dangers of ‘forum shopping’ in defamation cases

20 September 2019 Strasbourg

What we say online can generate enormous impacts across the globe. Owing to the growing inter-connectedness of modern societies, a defamatory statement published online in one state can be accessed instantly and nearly everywhere. For the courts, this creates a challenge: an allegedly defamatory...

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Invitation to comment by 19 August 2019

5 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on one draft text that was prepared by one of its sub-ordinate bodies and is meant to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers in early 2020. The draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to...

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16th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society

4 June 2019 Strasbourg

Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) will hold its 16th plenary meeting in Strasbourg between 4th and 6th June 2019. Following-up on the work its subcommittees - Committee of experts on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age (MSI-JOQ) and Committee of experts on Human Rights...

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The Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) holds its 15th meeting in Strasbourg from 11 to 12 April.

4 April 2019 Strasbourg

The main topics of the agenda are, inter alia, the progress made by the two experts committees, the Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) and the Committee of experts on Human Rights Dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial...

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Discussion on a favourable environment for quality journalism during the MSI-JOQ meeting

21 March 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) meets today and tomorrow for the third time in Strasbourg to present and discuss the draft recommendation on promoting the favourable environment for quality journalism in the digital age and the draft study on developing...

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Committee of experts on human rights dimensions of automated data processing meets in Strasbourg for the third time

19 March 2019 Strasbourg

The 3rd meeting of the Committee of experts on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) takes place in Strasbourg on 18 and 19 March 2019. The Committee discusses the revised draft of a recommendation on the human rights impacts...

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