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We, nine experienced journalists from eight European countries, are “Investigate Europe”. We research as a multinational team. We share, merge and crosscheck facts – tackling the usual national bias. We point out responsible transnational structures and actors in issues of European-wide relevance to make it possible to hold them accountable.

25 June: Investigate Europe’s Webinar on the Disinformation Machine

With Paulo Pena and Nico Schmidt, who have spent months researching the European disinformation machine. This webinar will be an opportunity to talk to them about what the team found out, how disinformation works and what can be done about it.

Feel free to join us via video conference for an hour of information and discussion – and ask them whatever is of interest for you.

Latest Publication

The disinformation machine

Credits: Art Direction & Motion Graphics Design: Alexia Barakou Sound design: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos & Alexis Koukias-Pantelis Narration: Pavlos Zafiropoulos

Right-wing populists dominate the political discourse on social media platforms in Europe far more than their voter share would suggest.

Digital platforms allow minor (and often malevolent) actors and political fringe groups to have access to a far-reaching medium that can be used to proliferate disinformation and stir resentments of all kind, and there are plausible arguments to link the rise of the Neo-nationalists in the US and across Europe with this new phenomenon.

The Investigate Europe team of journalists has spoken to more than 100 experts, scientists, politicians and social media platform staff to find out how the disinformation engine works, who controls it, who uses it and how public authorities and companies react to it. The result: Europe is not sufficiently prepared to stop the disinformation machine.

This article, by Nico Schmidt and Daphné Dupont-Nivet, was originally published by OpenDemocracy and is republished here under a Creative Commons licence. It shows how Google and Facebook put pressure on EU experts to soften European guidelines on online disinformation and fake news.

Latest Column

Our lives change with every technological leap. As this happens, there are certain issues journalists, scientists and activists cannot touch without risking ridicule. One such topic is possible health risks from exposure to radiation from mobile technology. As 5G is being rolled out, yet another label is pinned on critics: They are communicating Russian propaganda. Ingeborg Eliassen argues that this makes it more important than ever for journalists to ask the difficult questions.

Previous Publication

The 5G mass experiment

Credits: Art Direction & Motion Graphics Design: Alexia Barakou Sound design: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos & Alexis Koukias-Pantelis Narration: Pavlos Zafiropoulos

Are you happy with 4G mobile?

You may be, but governments and industry are already looking at the next level – 5G – and the infrastructure for ‘smart homes’ and the ‘internet of things’. According to EU plans, Europe will be hyper-connected by 2025.

And why the rush? So that Europe will not lose out to the USA and China in a global race for dominance.

So what is the problem? A growing body of science that warns of health risks
from long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation by mobile technology.
There is almost no research on the effects of the higher frequencies needed for 5G.

You’ll be connected. But at what price?

As part of this investigation we spoke to many scientists involved in the definition of limits and standards. We have criticised the system as being a “closed club”. To make the common core of the investigation more accessible to our readers we are now publishing an animated graphic showing the connection of the scientific bodies and the researchers, along with excerpts of the interviews.

Latest Columns

National stories, continental impact

Media often report on issues in other European countries with a certain national bias. This column aims to challenge and add nuance to stereotypes and to put facts in a European context.

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