12th meeting of the CDMSI: pluralism of media and transparency of media ownership and internet intermediaries – BLOG DE LA CONFERENCE DES OING – BLOG OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs

 

 

 

 

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) will hold its 12th meeting from 20 to 23 June 2017 in Strasbourg. Its main focus will be the preparation of two standard setting documents, respectively on pluralism of media and transparency of media ownership and on internet intermediaries.

The Conférence of INGOs is invited to present the work of the 2017 sessions and highlight the needs of cooperation between civil society and the states regarding media and the information society.

 Draft Annotated Agenda: 12th meeting: 20 – 23 June 2017

 Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

Source : 12th meeting of the CDMSI: pluralism of media and transparency of media ownership and internet intermediaries – BLOG DE LA CONFERENCE DES OING – BLOG OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs

Monitoring online hate speech: Facebook complied with EU standards, Twitter failed – MEDIA AGAINST HATE

Published on 2017-06-06
On Thursday (01/06/2017) EU Commissioner Vera Jourova presented the results of the second review of the code of conduct combating illegal online hate speech. “A year ago, when we launched it, there was a lot of skepticism. Some thought it could be a step towards censorship on the Internet, but today’s results are encouraging,” said Jourova. On average, in 59 % of the cases, the IT companies removed illegal content flagged to them. This is more than twice the level of 28 % that was recorded six months earlier.

IT companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft last year signed up to the voluntary code to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns about the increase of racist and xenophobic content on social media which was triggered by the refugee crisis and attacks in Western Europe. After signing the code they became be responsible to have either regulations or guidelines to make clear that “promotion of incitement to violence and hateful conduct” is prohibited.

According to the last findings, the amount of notifications reviewed within 24 hours improved from 40 % to 51 % over the last six months, but the results vary between companies. “While Facebook fulfills the commitments on a swift check and removal and is the only one that fully achieves the target of reviewing the majority of notifications within the day, others need to further approve removal rates and act quicker,” reported Jourova.

Twitter removed hate speech from its network less than 40 percent of the time after such content had been flagged to the company. That shows significant improvement from the last year’s study, which found that it removed a mere 19 percent of hate speech when notified, but it still failed to meet the European standard.

Companies are also taking better into account the content, flagged by general public, as before they mainly considered content flagged by trusted reporters, and try to give more feedback on how the notifications are assessed.

The European Commission and IT companies both pointed out the importance of freedom of expression when the code was published. However, in a comprehensive review of the Code, Article 19 concluded that such measures could still negatively affect freedom of expression and increase censorship by private companies on their online platforms.

In that context, Jourova drew attention to a recent survey which showed that 75 % of those participating in debates online had come across episodes of hate speech, abuse, threat, which deterred them from engaging in online discussion. “So we are not limiting free speech, but enabling it, fostering more discussions and exchange. Radicalization of young people also happens a lot online, so this is a fight against terrorism as well,” she concluded.

The Commissioner will discuss the results of the second review with justice ministries this week. In her proposal, she will focus on the following:

  1. to continue the monitoring in cooperation with civil society and IT companies,
  2. to work towards increasing transparency by the companies’ feedback to users on how notices are assessed,
  3. to promote and encourage cooperation between national authorities and IT companies namely through national contact points,
  4. and on outreach to further companies.

 

 

Source : Monitoring online hate speech: Facebook complied with EU standards, Twitter failed – MEDIA AGAINST HATE

Semaine Mondiale de l’Education aux Médias et à l’Information 2017 – Mise en ligne du site web et ouverture des inscriptions

La sixième célébration annuelle de la Semaine mondiale de l’éducation aux médias et à l’information (EMI) se tiendra du 25 octobre au 1 novembre 2017, sur le thème « L’éducation aux médias et à l’Information en temps critiques: Réinventer les méthodes d’apprentissage et les environnements de l’information ». L’événement marquant de la Semaine mondiale EMI 2017 est la Septième Conférence de l’Education aux Médias et à l’Information et du Dialogue Interculturel (MILID).

Source : Semaine Mondiale de l’Education aux Médias et à l’Information 2017 – Mise en ligne du site web et ouverture des inscriptions

« School on the Cloud: dealing with a paradigm shift in education »

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CEST

One of the strongest trends in business is a swift towards internet based services. Everything needed to create fully internet based schools is already invented, it just have to be organized and put into practice. The webinar will discuss how and why this shift will take place and how the foundations for understanding a school and learning practices will move into a new paradigm.
Please register for « School on the Cloud: dealing with a paradigm shift in education » on Jun 20, 2017 8:00 PM CEST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1126313706189846018

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Brought to you by INGOs of the Conférence of the Council of Europe

‘This oversteps a boundary’: teenagers perturbed by Facebook surveillance | Technology | The Guardian

News that Facebook shared teens’ details with advertisers throws focus on firm’s ability to mine the data of its 2 billion users – and raises serious ethical questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling ‘worthless’

Source : ‘This oversteps a boundary’: teenagers perturbed by Facebook surveillance | Technology | The Guardian

Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence | News | The Guardian

 

 

 

 

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

Source : Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

| News | The Guardian

Spring 2017 Update: Parenting for a Digital Future

This month marks Parenting for a Digital Future’s two-year anniversary. Since our launch in 2015, we have been working to bring you the latest research and commentary about children, families and digital media. In this we have been helped by a generous group of guest bloggers – representing cutting-edge research from around the world and enabling our desire to reflect parenting in all its cultural diversity.

We aim to shed light on the lives of parents and children in the “digital age”. So, we considered what the viral video of the ‘BBC interview Dad’ tells us about the depiction of parenting online, and how parents turn to the internet (or sometimes away from it) when they face serious adversity in their lives. We reported on how and why parents’ own digital skills and values matter – showing that more skilled and confident parents are better placed to help their children maximise opportunities and minimize risks online. We also contributed to a new infographic from the Connected Learning Alliance to help parents balance between screen time hopes and fears, and insisted upon the methodological importance of considering digital media when conducting research about children’s identities and relationships.

Continuing to report findings from The Class, we located in ethnographic context the ways in which young people use screens and digital media in their everyday lives, and we discussed how to research learning in the context of ‘play and playfulness’, and the formation of learner identities over time.

Guest posters explored the dynamic between different family types in Jamaicaand a parent’s role in their child’s life online, how miners in Chile parent at a distance through social media, and the importance of an iPad for a Syrian refugee family whose son has Autism. Given the barriers to employment in the creative industries, we asked why it is so difficult for disadvantaged young people to find creative jobs and what educators might do to help. We also considered policy interventions aimed at increasing access and digital literacy, including a review of the 2016 US National Education Technology plan.

Privacy, and how it is understood, protected, and sometimes infringed – including by the Internet of Things, classroom management tools, or even parents ‘sharenting’ on behalf of their children – continues to be a common worry. So, too, are the specific opportunities and risks of digital media. We have explored what smart phones mean for parent-teenager communication, what toddlers learn from tablets, and how social media might be analysed by A-level students. Research on parenting can help in identifying pitfalls, strategies for digital media at home, involvement in a children’s online world, engaging in after-school programmes, and understanding the inseparable nature of a child’s online and offline life.

We have lots more exciting content coming up in the next few months – from emerging insights from our book (!) as we write it, to our new project on “making” by young children, to guest posts from India, Sweden and China and on topics ranging from resources for fathers online to how parents display ‘good parenting’ in their children’s lunchboxes.

If you don’t already, click here to subscribe, and here to see our Editorial Guidelines if you’d like to submit a guest post.

Source : Spring 2017 Update: Parenting for a Digital Future

New study on intimidation of journalists and self-censorship in Europe

Strasbourg 20 April

The Council of Europe will publish a study that explores the interferences that journalists face in Europe today, including physical violence, threats, intimidation, surveillance, sexual harassment and cyberbullying. The study “Journalists under pressure: Unwarranted interference, fear and self-censorship in Europe” gathers information submitted by 940 journalists reporting from the 47 Council of Europe Member States and Belarus. Carried out by experts Marilyn Clark and Anna Grech, from the University of Malta, the research project is supported by the Association of European Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, Index on Censorship, International News Safety Institute and Reporters without Borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

Source : New study on intimidation of journalists and self-censorship in Europe – Events

Online Webinar « School on the Cloud: dealing with a paradigm shift in education »

Presented by the Education and Culture Committee – Working group: Good use of digital media within the educational practice: A challenge for formal and non-formal education and a democratic citizenship;

Webinar – April 27, 2017, 19.00-20.00 (Central European Time)

« School on the Cloud: dealing with a paradigm shift in education »

 

 

 

 

 

Organised by Per Thrane (EPEA Member)

One of the strongest trends in business is a swift towards internet based services.

Everything needed to create fully internet based schools is already invented, it just have to be organized and put into practice.

The webinar will discuss how and why this shift will take place and how the foundations for understanding a school and learning practices will move into a new paradigm.

Presented by Karl Donert (EUROGEO President)

The link for the registration is:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3449382762739323394

The webinar will be in English without translation