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EDMO at a Glance

Our Mission
The European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) brings together fact-checkers, media literacy experts, and academic researchers to understand and analyse disinformation, in collaboration with media organisations, online platforms and media literacy practitioners.

EDMO will deploy a platform to support the work of a multidisciplinary community with expertise in the field of online disinformation. EDMO will contribute to a deeper understanding of disinformation relevant actors, vectors, tools, methods, dissemination dynamics, targets, and impact on society.

Who leads this effort?
The EU-funded EDMO project is based at the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance in Florence, Italy. Other consortium partners are Danish research centre Datalab at Aarhus University, which is specialised in digital social research; Greek Athens Technology Center, which provides the technological support and infrastructure and access to specialized fact-checking tools for the detection and analysis of misinformation; the Italian Pagella Politica, one of the country’s major fact-checking organisations; and the EUI-based Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), which is focusing on policy analysis. The consortium recently welcomed as new members the University of Amsterdam’s Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), which will strengthen EDMO with its long-standing tradition in media and communication research; the Belgian Media &
Learning Association (MLA), to broaden efficient media literacy activities; and the Brussels Europe MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV), which will contribute especially to strategy and co-operation with third-party organisations; as well as the Slovak Center for Democracy and Resilience at GLOBSEC (open-source investigations) and the think tank Integrity Institute (policy advice) as subcontractors.
Within EU member states, EDMO works with national and regional hubs to implement activities tackling disinformation at the grassroots level. The 14 hubs cover all 27 EU Member States and Norway.
EDMO is governed by an Executive and an Advisory Board composed of experts from research, media and fact-checking organisations. EDMO’s governance structure is independent from public authorities, including the European Commission.