The European Commission has announced eight national hubs that will become part of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) network to fight digital disinformation. Each national hub will cover one or more EU Member States.
The selected eight national hubs cover Ireland, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, as well as Norway, in the EEA. The hubs should be operational by the end of summer 2021. The eight selected hubs will sign grant agreements with the EU in the upcoming months.
The observatory says EU is dedicating more than 11 million Euros to the funding of the eight hubs. “Through the national hubs, EDMO will increase its capacity of tackling harmful disinformation campaigns at the national and EU level, and analyze their impact on society and democracy.”
Each hub will comprise academic researchers, fact-checkers, media nd other other relevant stakeholders. The mission is:
- Detecting and analyzing disinformation campaigns, as well as producing content to support mainstream and local media and public authorities in exposing harmful disinformation campaigns;
- Organizing media literacy activities at national or multinational level;
- Providing support to national authorities for the monitoring of online platforms’ policies and the digital media ecosystem.
The European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) serves as a platform for fact-checkers, academic researchers, and other relevant stakeholders contributing to address disinformation in Europe. It also encourages and supports collaboration with media organizations, media literacy experts, and provides support to policy makers.
News agency AFP announced that it is participating in three of the hubs aimed at fighting disinformation in France, Eastern Europe and the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.