After being slapped with a €2.42 billion antitrust fine by the European Commission, Google is now trying to play nice in the eyes of Brussels officials, so that none of that negative vibes would spread to Washington. And it is doing this by trying to help the EU tackle the spread of fake news.
In the aftermath of Brexit and the rise of anti-EU movements across Europe, the European Union is often portrayed as an undemocratic body that legislates in isolation, far removed from the daily reality faced by European citizens. This begs the question whether the EU is communicating effectively with citizens, because this communications process is an indispensable element of the modern European political system, and is crucial in instilling a sense of participation among the citizenry in the decision-making process. In the Age of Digital Disruption, digital media provides both an opportunity and a threat to how the state interacts with the population. Taking the data collected during the launch of The End of Roaming on 22 June 2017, Harold Tor analyses the state of play of the information-sharing and interactions between different EU-level actors, member states, the media and citizens – a matter that lies at the very heart of the existential crisis faced by the supranational body today.
Before you continue reading, you must first understand I am not a left-wing nuthead waving my fist and raving against Facebook because I am some privacy evangelist who believes in some government-technology conspiracy to lay their dirty fingers all over our insignificant conversations. Not at all. If you are one yourself, please leave now.
Having led a 15-year career in digital strategy for private and public sectors & for international organisations and for multinationals alike, many ask me whether there are any differences between carrying out digital strategies for marketing and for lobbying/public affairs. I guess this infographic will help to explain the main differences.