EU launches call for European Digital Media Observatory

EU launches call for European Digital Media Observatory
European Digital Media Observatory

The European Commission has released a call for tenders for the development of the a European Digital Media Observatory to help counter misinformation in Europe.

The European Digital Media Observatory will serve as a forum for fact-finders, scholars and researchers to work together and actively engage with media organizations and media literacy experts and to help policy makers.

The call for tenders was opened on 1 October and will run until 16 December 2019.

The Commission opened the first call for tenders for the creation of the European Digital Media Observatory on 1 October 2019.

The call for tenders of up to € 2.5 million is the first real step towards the introduction of the European Disinformation Center on the Internet.

The European Digital Media Observatory will encourage fact-finders and academic researchers to coordinate their efforts and work closely with media organizations and media literacy experts.

The network will provide information and resources to media professionals, educators and people to increase awareness, develop resistance to digital misinformation, and promote media literacy initiatives.

The Observatory will help to develop a system to ensure secure access to platform data for academic researchers seeking to better understand misinformation.

The invitation to tender shall be open until 16 December 2019.

The establishment of the Observatory is one of the elements of the Commission’s comprehensive Disinformation Action Plan, released on 5 December 2018.

The project aims to improve capacity building and cooperation between Member States and the EU in four key areas: strengthening identification, coordinating responses, collaborating with online platforms and industry, raising awareness and motivating people to respond to online disinformation.

Specifically, in the field of awareness-raising and mobilization of people, the program calls for practical actions to help data controllers and researchers in their battle against understanding and finding sources of misinformation.

To implement the three other areas of actions, the EU has:

  • Increased the budget and capacity of the Strategic Communications Task Forces and the EU Hybrid Fusion Cell in the European External Practice Service (EEAS)
  • Established a Rapid Warning System to better organize common responses
  • Partnered with online platforms to enforce the commitments of the Code of Practice against Disinformation.

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