Citizens, technology and democracy: the threats of fake news and political advertising

Citizens, technology and democracy: the threats of fake news and political advertising

The threats of fake news and political advertising

6 December 10:15 - 12:00

Are we as citizens resilient against fake news and targeted political advertising? The Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed that citizens can be very vulnerable to political messages spread through social media and election campaigns. Not only can these messages contain untruthful information (so-called fake news or disinformation), they can also be specifically targeted at voters with a certain psychological or socio-economic profile.

What are the effects of disinformation and political targeting on our voting behaviour? And how can we protect ourselves against undue influence on our voting choices? And what is the EU doing to regulate the use of data for electoral purposes? These questions will be discussed during an interactive interview with Sophie in 't Veld (Member of the European Parliament), Roy op het Veld (Editor in Chief of De Limburger) and Dr. Maja Brkan (researcher at Maastricht University). ​

Zijn wij als Europeanen bestand tegen nepnieuws en gerichte politieke reclame? Hoe beïnvloeden desinformatie en politieke communicatie ons stemgedrag? En hoe kunnen we onszelf beschermen tegen manipulatieve onwaarheden? Sophie in 't Veld (namens D66 lid van het Europees Parlement) en Roy op het Veld (hoofdredacteur van De Limburger) praten met Dr. Maja Brkan (universitair hoofddocent EU-recht aan de Maastricht University Faculty of Law) over de effecten van nepnieuws in Europa.

Language

The main language of this event is English although participating in Dutch is also possible.

This event has been co-created with the Maastricht Centre for European Law, the Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity and the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab.