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What if Libra disrupted the financial system? [Science and Technology podcast]

As of 2020, Facebook’s cryptocurrency project Libra promises to connect everybody to the global, digital world of banking. The introduction of a privately governed currency could fundamentally challenge the current EU financial framework, conflict with EU law and tax requirements, and violate consumer rights. Continue reading

Computational propaganda techniques

The techniques used by anti-democratic state and non-state actors to disrupt or influence democratic processes are constantly evolving. The use of algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence is boosting the scope and the efficiency of disinformation campaigns and related cyber-activities. Continue reading

Victims of online hate speech [What Europe does for you]

Threats, abuse and intimidation posted on social media can go viral within seconds and wreak havoc on the victim’s life. Victims of online hate speech cannot remove the posts as easily as they spread. Continue reading

The Platform Economy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The digital revolution is reshaping the world, changing people’s habits in communication, work, leisure and politics. A major part of this revolution is the expansion of the economy based on digital platforms that match demand and supply for labour without an intermediation of traditional corporations. Continue reading

Kremlin trolls in the US presidential election

Discussions about Kremlin interference in the 2016 US presidential election initially focused on Russian hackers and leaked e-mails. However, US Congress enquiries have highlighted the important role played by Russian social media activity in influencing public opinion. Continue reading

EU strategic communication with the Arab world

Written by Patryk Pawlak, Good relations with the Arab world have been one of the EU’s main objectives ever since the Barcelona Process was launched in 1995. Driven initially by security concerns and the need for stability, the dynamics between the two sides of the Mediterranean have increasingly shifted towards support for democracy, human rights, … Continue reading

2014: a great year in European politics? A great year on the EPRS Think Tank Blog

Written by Clare Ferguson 2014 was an interesting year for us at the EPRS. Debate on all things European broke out all over, with the European elections in May, a new European Commission, and increasingly vocal arguments for and against integration, independence, immigration and invigoration of the EU economy. Not surprisingly then, our top posts … Continue reading

Crowdfunding – an alternative financing option for SMEs

Written by Agnieszka Widuto The economic and financial crisis has significantly reduced banks’ lending to businesses. This gap in financing, coupled with the rise of social media and interactive online platforms, has contributed to the increased popularity of crowdfunding as a possible alternative source of funding. In this context, the European Commission adopted a communication … Continue reading

Social media freedom in Turkey

After a two-month ban, the Turkish government restored access to the video-sharing website YouTube in June 2014. This move was necessary to comply with a Constitutional Court (CC) ruling, which judged blocking the site as a breach of freedom of expression. In April Turkey’s highest court had ruled in a similar case, overturning the controversial … Continue reading

In focus – European Elections 2014

European Elections are less than 50 days away. It’s time to bring together our publications on the topic and focus on this unique pan-European ballot. Who are we electing? The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected EU institution. In May, voters from 28 Member States will elect 751 Members of the European Parliament … Continue reading

Social media in election campaigning

Low engagement of citizens in politics and ever declining voter turnout are taken as evidence of a democratic deficit in the European Union. By providing a new form of communication among politicians and citizens, social media may provide a way of increasing citizen involvement in political life, especially during election campaigns. Social media allow political actors, particularly smaller … Continue reading

Cloud computing & Social Networks

Cloud Computing and Social Network Sites (SNS) are among some of the most controversially discussed developments in recent years. The opportunities of using powerful computing resources on demand via the web are considered as a possible driver for the growth of the European economy. Continue reading

The role played by social media in political participation and electoral campaigns

Written by Susanna Tenhunen and Vilma Karvelyte Updated on 22 January 2015 Social Media has rapidly grown in importance as a forum for political activism in its different forms. Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube provide new ways to stimulate citizen engagement in political life, where elections and electoral campaigns have a … Continue reading

Knjižnica Europskog parlamenta u Bruxellesu izbliza

This article was first published in HKD Novosti, Hrvatsko knjižničarsko društvo, Number 60, September 2013, ISSN 1333-9575 Rad Europskog parlamenta (EP) nezamisliv je bez snažne informacijske podrške, a Knjižnica EP-a najznačajniji je (iako ne jedini) osiguravatelj relevantnih informacija koje čine preduvjet kvalitetnog zakonodavnog procesa. Iako je potreba za informacijama oduvijek bila svojstvena parlamentima nije uvijek bila … Continue reading

The Library on social media: Twitter

As of today, you can follow us on Twitter! Not many libraries dare to go there, but let me explain what you may expect from us.  All social media have their particular drawbacks. However, Twitter is special and can suck loads of your energy 🙂 Do not get me wrong, it is a wonderful media, … Continue reading

The Library on social media: Facebook

At the time when some companies are criticising the use of Facebook for promotional purposes, we decided to create a page on Facebook. Are we wasting resources or grasping an opportunity? Well, the time will tell, but we think we have good arguments.   As explained in my first post, more than 500 Members (of 754) … Continue reading

The Library on social media: A beginning

Less than a year ago “Google it up“, “Facebooking“, “Tweet it!“, “+1” were all well engraved in our vocabularies. Yet, this grammatical nonsense gave zero results when used in relation to “Library of the European Parliament”. It seemed that we were going through a difficult phase in a librarian’s life – we had to accept … Continue reading

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