STOA studies

STOA study Technology & social polarisation ESMH

STOA Study : Technology and social polarisation

Consult the full study With the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it became clear how technologies such as social media and techniques such as psychological profiling can be combined in election campaigns with worrying effects. Personalised political messaging is highly automated. It starts and ends with social media, which provides both the data for categorising users and ...

STOA study Polarisation & the news media in Europe ESMH

STOA Study : Polarisation and the news media in Europe

This report describes a review of the literature examining the effect of news use on polarisation across Europe. In considering work concerned with both the supply side of news (news production) and the demand side (news consumption), the report concludes that across Europe there is as yet little evidence to support the idea that increased ...

Regulating disinformation with AI, STOA Study for ESMH

STOA study : Regulating disinformation with AI

This study examines the consequences of the increasingly prevalent use of artificial intelligence (AI) disinformation initiatives upon freedom of expression, pluralism and the functioning of a democratic polity. The study examines the trade-offs in using automated technology to limit the spread of disinformation online. It presents options (from self-regulatory to legislative) to regulate automated content ...

Automated tackling of disinformation, a STOA study for ESMH

STOA study : Automated tackling of disinformation

This study maps and analyses current and future threats from online misinformation, alongside currently adopted socio-technical and legal approaches. The challenges of evaluating their effectiveness and practical adoption are also discussed. Drawing on and complementing existing literature, the study summarises and analyses the findings of relevant journalistic and scientific studies and policy reports in relation ...

Harms of the internet to individuals, culture and society

STOA study : Harms of the internet to individuals, culture and society

It is increasingly recognised that the internet, in spite of all its benefits to society, can also be correlated with significant harms to individuals and society.