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Dealing with news: How do we know what is true in this chaotic mediascape?

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It seems like it’s more and more difficult to access trustworthy news sources, while also being harder and harder to accurately fight algorithmic bias and discern what fake news is.


How can we ensure everyone is able to access fact-checked news? Should the responsibility to decide what news is fake, offensive or deserving of censorship be left in the hands of tech giants content moderators?

What would effective media literacy education look like, so people would know how to decode information correctly?

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17 August 2020

The EU should be able to provide a system for free immigration for members 9f the European Youth Parliament without Visas

17 August 2020

As a graduate student, my opinion is that both tech giant content moderators (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) and those who own websites and other communication places (e.g., huge social communication entities like BBC, smaller websites, etc...) should have the shared responsibility of detecting fake news. This could be accomplished resorting to a closed, honest, explicit and very well managed and monitored network of content validation between social communication systems, since most citizens tend to fall in conspiracy theories and other dangerous holes that spread very fast and can have strong impact in society. This network should also have contact with a few national representatives carefully selected and that whose position should not be maintained for long time. We are humans, we need rotating tasks in the same job position, otherwise our bias increases. Thank you for your attention!

17 August 2020

Good morning,
I have been wondering for a long time now, what the EU things about the kids of immigrants who have come to EU nations ( for example in Italy), been here for 15 years now, always with documents, and still we can’t vote?! I couldn’t vote for the EU elections, I have never voted in my life, I’m still waiting for my Italian passport, but here it takes years for the process! After you apply they take 4 years to give you an answer, so I’m 27 now, that means I will be voting at 30 years old for the first time?
Is this democracy? I have been paying taxes here in Italy since I was 17! But I can’t vote, because I don’t have an Italian passport yet, is it fair for the EU? What about a new law where after a total years of residence in a EU country we can vote! Or if we come in an early age in a EU country and finish the studies here, we can at least vote, have a voice, because it is here we belong, we live here, work here, have our family here. The right to vote in any circumstance that’s what I call DEMOCRACY!
Thank you!