8 November 2022, 14.30-16.30 - Room 1 – Palais de l’Europe 

Interpretation: EN/FR

The emergence of social media platforms as a tool for political activism has enabled many to make their voices heard. On the other hand, threats such as disinformation and fake news have become increasingly dangerous weapons targeting democracies.

Is there a common theme as to how these large-scale disinformation campaigns are carried out? Is lack of access to the internet becoming an obstacle for active and informed citizenship. Can we use the power of social media to fight back against democratic backsliding?

Lab 10: Fighting Disinformation and the Power of the Social Media
Palais de l'Europe, room 1 8 November 2022 - 14.30-1.30
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Live Love Agora - Live Love Beirut

LEBANON

Live Love is a social enterprise that focuses on creating communities around environmental, social and cultural issues. Live Love Agora is a space for discussion and debate on contemporary issues, with the primary aim of combating misinformation and bringing young people together with experts on social, environmental and cultural issues. 

Presenter(s)

CHARLES Mathias

Mathias CHARLES

President of Live Love France & International

Mathias Charles is the President of Live Love France & International. He is also Ambassador ONE in France, an NGO that fights against extreme poverty and misinformation on health issues. He was named this year's Goalkeeper by the Gates Foundation, for all his work to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.

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SEE Check network - UG Zasto ne?

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

CA “Why not” is an organization that works on creation of a safe, secure, healthy and active society in Bosnia & Herzegovina, through increasing civic participation, influencing government accountability and promoting the use of technology.

SEECheck is a network of fact-checkers from the SEE region that work on the promotion of media accountability, improving media literacy and fighting misinformation and disinformation.

Presenter(s)

BRKAN Darko

Darko BRKAN

Director of UG „Zasto ne“

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Darko Brkan is the Director of UG „Zasto ne“, one of the most prominent Bosnian NGOs that promotes civic activism, government accountability, and the use of technology and digital media in deepening democracy. He also acts as the board president of the regional network ActionSEE, advisory board member of OGP in BiH, and has been a fellow of numerous prominent global fellowships. He holds degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Computer Science, and Faculty of Economics in Strategic Informational Management. His professional interests are mainly in technology and its social impacts, government accountability and transparency, social media, media accountability, fact-checking, elections and civic activism. He is a regular contributor to many local and international media and a speaker at a number of prominent events.

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GASTARBAJTER: online community and platform for integration of the migrant workers in Germany - GASTARBAJTER social media marketing

GERMANY

Gastarbajter is a social entreprise and a social media marketing company which aim is to overcome integration hurdles for ex-Yugoslav migrant workers and prejudice among different ethnic groups. The project led by Dino Klepo is operating via Youtube, Instagram and Facebook.

Presenter(s)

KLEPO Dino

Dino KLEPO

Founder of Gastarbajter

Germany

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he fled from his war-torn country at the age of 10. Since then, he has been active in civil society, mostly on projects dedicated to helping the refugees and vulnerable people. He embarked on a mission to help Bosnians and Yugoslavs reunite in Germany and overcome their prejudice and grudge among themselves. In 2018 he created a YouTube channel named Gastarbajter (“migrant workers” in German) where he shared trustworthy information about the possibilities to find a job, one's integration into society and knowledge about German laws and regulations. He gained millions of views then decided to create a company with the goal of securing the sustainability of his work. He believes that the experience of German democracy will, through his Gastarbajteri, have a positive effect in the Balkans. Married to a Ukrainian, he is currently working on a similar project for Ukrainian refugees in Germany.

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Global Digital Authoritarianism Index – Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

CANADA

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is recognized as Canada’s leading university-based think tank working on human rights, conflict prevention and emerging technologies.

While several organizations are currently documenting various forms of digital authoritarianism, we still lack a common platform that brings together this information, which is also why digital authoritarianism has been allowed to flourish. MIGS is currently developing the first global digital authoritarianism index with the aim of mapping which governments are using technologies to erode democracy; which tools are used; and which tech companies are involved. This collaborative initiative would permit governments, companies and civil society groups to be aware of the impact of digital authoritarianism on democracy and to take informed policy and business decisions.

Presenter(s)

MATTHEWS Kyle

Kyle MATTHEWS

Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University

Canada

Kyle Matthews is the Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. At Concordia, he founded the annual AI and Human Rights Forum and the Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, which works to counter online extremism and study how social media platforms are being used as a weapon of war. His work focuses on human rights, international security, emerging technologies and countering authoritarianism. He is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab and the BMW Foundation’s Global Responsible Leaders network. He is currently a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs.

MEERKAMPER Eric

Eric MEERKAMPER

Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Canada

Eric Meerkamper works at the intersection of emerging technologies and global digital citizen engagement and human rights issues including: democratic renewal, online gender-based violence, LGBTQ rights, peace-building, violent extremism, persecution of ethnic minorities and refugees, mis/disinformation, and global public health. Eric is a Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and a member of the Advisory Board of the CyberPeace Institute in Geneva. Eric holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a BA (Hons) International Political Science from Western University in Canada. He is the Co-Founder of the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.

Discussants Discussants

Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.

MIJATOVIC

Vladimir MIJATOVIC

Youth Delegate

Serbia

We’ve seen the fragility of our democratic models, and youth, more importantly, the importance of their survival. The hyper-automated, algorithmic landscape we live in has made this more apparent than before. But, I believe there is no shortage of ideas for today's problems when young people have a seat at the table. Over the past 3 years, I’ve worked within the UN system and for IGOs, while also passionately supporting civil-society organisations in promoting equal access to opportunities. Some of my main interests are science comms, solutions journalism and political participation. 

RAMPI Roberto

Roberto RAMPI

Member of the Parliamentary Assemby of the Council of Europe

Italy

moderator moderator
MOSS Sandy

Sandy MOSS

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of United Kingdom to the Council of Europe

United Kingdom

Sandy moss is the current United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Previously he has been Deputy Director of Foreign and Security Policy (FCDO) in London, acting Chief of Staff and Political Director (FCO, London), and the Head, Pay and Workforce Planning at FCO, London.

rapporteur rapporteur

Mahault JAMET