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Eva Bognar and Judit Szakacs Presented Study to European Parliament

Judit Szakacs, Outreach Coordinator of CEU Democracy Institute’s Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), and Eva Bognar, Senior Program Officer and Researcher at CMDS, presented their study on minorities and disinformation to the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE).

Although the study focused on disinformation originated, funded or amplified by foreign powers, the main findings presented included the importance of domestic actors as well as that of the social context in which disinformation campaigns take place. Eva Bognar and Judit Szakacs offered some examples of minority-related disinformation discussed in detail in their study, and explained to MEPs that most of the disinformation leverage old stereotypes and fears about minorities that exist in EU member states’ societies. They presented their findings regarding the actual and potential impact of disinformation campaign but emphasized the difficulties of establishing causality.

The committee meeting included two additional presentations, one on disinformation campaigns and the LGBTQI community, and one by Khadijah Abdurahman, co-founder of We Be Imagining (WBI), a public interest technology project at Columbia University.

Access the meeting documents and watch the recording of the meeting here.

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