Articles

ESMH regularly publishes articles on topics related to science and new technologies that provoke a lot of media attention and that are important in the European context. Most importantly, the articles are written with the help of science writers in journalistic style and always provide the opinion of one or more scientists on the topic. The publications are accompanied by a selection of links to related information and with a focus on European research and knowledge in the field.

Media literacy to counteract misinformation and disinformation: a challenge we should be taking on ESMH Article

Media literacy to counteract misinformation and disinformation: a challenge we should be taking on

Inaccuracy or intentional manipulation: the circulation of false information has become one of the leading problems we are facing in the digital environment. Now watchdogs are fighting back with a range of solutions.

Libra and cryptocurrency challenges for Europe

Libra and cryptocurrency challenges for Europe

Facebook’s announcement that it would introduce a cryptocurrency sparked a debate about the added value, security and regulatory aspects of virtual currencies. What lessons can the EU draw ahead of the potential launch of Libra in 2020?

The QUEST for better science communication in Europe

The QUEST for better science communication in Europe

A major new EU research project is mapping the state of science communication through journalism, social media and museums in several European countries. The goal is to inform future efforts based on a better understanding of communicating science, as well as to produce guides on best practice.

Diarmaid Mac Mathúna © European Union 2019 - Source : EP

Diarmaid Mac Mathúna : “People are starting to realise that algorithms are influencing what we see.”

Diarmaid Mac Mathuna is a Communication Expert on Digital campaigns and content strategy, and Director at Indiepics. He participated in the ESMH event Virality and influencers in digital communication on 3 April in the European Parliament.

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SOMA consortium scales up anti-disinformation efforts across EU Member States

Horizon-2020-supported Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis links academic, technological and media expertise to combat disinformation.

#Tekoälyaika – Finland’s 1% AI education strategy

#Tekoälyaika – Finland’s 1% AI education strategy

Finland became the first country in the world offering AI education to the general public. The objective: free AI education for 1% of the population. What is Finland’s aim and will EU countries be able to follow suit in democratising AI and reinforce civic education?

Kristof Varga © European Union 2019 - Source : EP

George Markopoulos : “We trawl through social media because that is where the most heated debates are happening right now.”

George Markopoulos is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics of the School of Philosophy National and Kapodistrian, at the University of Athens. He participated in the ESMH event Virality and influencers in digital communication on 3 April in the European Parliament.

AI could boost journalism with smart tools ESMH article

AI could boost journalism with smart tools

Artificial intelligence could be used in the newsrooms and journalists should be trained and prepared for the impact on communication. Experts think that AI can both free journalists from doing the boring stuff and can give them clever new tools for doing things they could never do before. But in the wrong hands, the same technology can also be used to spread disinformation.

ESMH : Science and Practice of Virality on Social Media

ESMH : Science and Practice of Virality on Social Media

What drives virality on social media platforms? And how the European message can be conveyed more effectively?

Kristof Varga at ESMH Event

Kristof Varga : “Content does not make things viral. People do.”

Kristof Varga is a Consultant on policy development and social media and formerly Director of the Public Division at Bakamo.Social. He participated in the ESMH event Virality and influencers in digital communication on 3 April 2019 in the European Parliament.