News, Reports and other outputs
The composition of the Task Force is designed to provide comprehensive geographic coverage of the European Union and to build upon the multidisciplinary approach of EDMO and its coverage of the whole Union through its national and regional Hubs.
It brings together experts from different professional backgrounds in academia, the media ecosystem, fact-checking and MIL. It consists of one chair, one secretary, one representative from each Hub and three members of the EDMO Advisory Council.
- Giovanni Zagni | Pagella Politica/Facta.news – EDMO Executive Board, IDMO (Chair)
- Louise Carnapete-Rinieri | European University Institute – EDMO (Secretary)
- Emma Goodman | European University Institute – EDMO Media Literacy Research and Policy
- Alina Bârgăoanu | SNSPA Bucharest – EDMO Advisory Council
- Radovan Geist | EURACTIV Slovakia – EDMO AC
- Giacomo Mazzone | Eurovisioni – EDMO AC
- Ivana Grkeš | University of Dubrovnik – ADMO
- Andra Siibak | University of Tartu – BECID
- Bert Pieters | Mediawijs – BELUX
- Guy De Pauw | Textgain – BENEDMO
- Ruslana Margova | GATE Institute Sofia University – BROD
- Michal Šenk | Charles University – CEDMO
- Victor Ebekwumonye | Sciences Po Paris – DE FACTO
- Eileen Culloty | Dublin City University – EDMO Ireland Hub
- Kian Badrnejad | dpa – GADMO
- Péter Krekó | Political Capital – HDMO
- Pablo Hernández Escayola | Maldita.es – IBERIFIER
- Gianni Riotta | Luiss Data Lab – IDMO
- Stamos Archontis | Ellinika Hoaxes – MedDMO
- Mikko Salo | Faktabaari – NORDIS
Why was the EDMO Task Force on 2024 European Parliament Elections created?
The European Parliament elections of June 2024 are likely to be a pivotal moment for the European Union, because they arrive after a period in which the activities of the EU have had a highly significant and visible impact on their lives.
Events such as the vaccination campaign, the launch of Next Generation EU, and the military and economical support provided to Ukraine have affected the daily experience and perception of hundreds of millions of people in the EU since 2019, when the last elections took place. Given these developments, a higher turnout coupled with increasing polarization within the electorate is a plausible expectation.
At the same time, the production and dissemination of disinformation is a growing concern in many EU countries. The effects of disinformation need to be counterbalanced by enhanced media literacy and awareness on the part of institutions, the media, as well as other relevant stakeholders and citizens. Moreover, much attention is devoted to foreign entities seeking to undermine the EU through the spread of false information.
The Task Force is set up by the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) to monitor and counter any attempts to condition and undermine public confidence in the democratic process. The aim is to provide useful information and tools in the effort to promote an honest European debate in the run-up to the elections.
What are the objectives of the EDMO Task Force?
The purpose of the EDMO Task Force on EU Parliament Elections is to monitor the EU information ecosystem ahead of the elections, and to facilitate communications and dissemination of research, media and information literacy (MIL) and fact-checking initiatives within the EDMO community and across the EU. It does so through the following actions:
- Building on the experience of the EDMO Task Force on disinformation on the war in Ukraine, the Task Force plans to carry out a risk assessment exercise ahead of 2024.
- Report activity on mis- and disinformation trends affecting the European Union’s democratic debate.
- Highlight systematic or orchestrated attacks that have the potential to pollute the debate in the run-up to the elections.
- Ideally, establish a framework for countering disinformation in regards to future elections.
What differentiates the EDMO Task Force?
- EDMO is unique in its approach, bringing together researchers, fact-checkers and media literacy and policy experts; the Task Force reflects this multidisciplinary approach;
- EDMO has a strong network of regional and national Hubs covering the whole Union; the Task Force reflects this unique composition, which allows it to monitor the many differences between the various part of the EU, put them into a broader framework and take them into account in monitoring the media ecosystem and designing solutions;
- The EDMO Task Force seeks to work together with other endeavours that have a similar scope, carried out by institutions, watchdog groups, NGOs and civil society organisations;
- The EDMO Task Force is not politicized and maintains full independence from any public institution;
- Task Force members participate on a voluntary basis.