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.
Photograph: “Propaganda Box
A box of propaganda!” by PT, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
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.
You can read the English version of a pre-news we published before the main publication, in an article by Nico Schmidt that originally appeared in Der Tagesspiegel and has been translated for this website. You will also find links to our media partners that have published the News in German, Dutch and Portuguese.
A clichéd image of an old enemy is once again stalking Europe’s corridors of power: The yellow peril. According to briefings by ministerial and security sources, China wants to use the network technology of the Huawei corporation to infiltrate European communication systems.
IE-member Harald Schumann asks in our new column: Why are those concerns raised now and why are they just limited to Huawei?
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.