On the 5th of December, DG RTD, Unit Open and Inclusive Societies will host a conference "Europe as a Global Actor". During this conference the representatives of projects selected under the Societal Challenge 6 of Horizon 2020 in the 2015 call will present their understanding of a number of research problems they investigate - such as Europe as a global and regional actor, European contributions to global justice or responsible trade as well as cultural and science diplomacy.
MeCoDEM – Media Conflict and Democratisation – has developed the tool Mecodify to make the analysis and visualisation of big data easy. It emerged out of MeCoDEM’s work on ICTs and democratisation conflicts as a tool to allow MeCoDEM’s social science researchers to extract, analyse and visualise tweets in relation to particular conflicts in Egypt, Serbia, South Africa and Kenya.
The EU funded project bEUCitizen debates Brexit and its consequences for European Citizens.
On 18 November the EC funded projects MeCoDEM, INFOCORE and VOXpol will have a workshop in Brussels on the role of social media in conflicts with among others the Egyptian activist and blogger, Wael Abbas. The workshop will discuss questions such as how social media play a role in assisting democratic change during times of conflict in today’s digitally connected world and/or how social media are used to escalate conflicts and aid the formation of extremist networks? Have the utopian visions - often presented in the media during the so-called “Arab Spring” - of how social media can trigger political change now transformed into dystopian visions of social media used for surveillance, anti-democratic propaganda and repression?
A European research perspective : a policy review
The fight against poverty and social exclusion is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. With more than 120 million people in the EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion, EU leaders have pledged to bring at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion by 2020. In the aftermath of the crisis welfare states are called to address multi-level social risks while securing their financial sustainability.
European societies, national governments and institutions of the European Union are currently facing an important challenge. Terrorist attacks hit France, Denmark and Belgium between 2014 and 2016, after several other deadly terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and France in previous years. This specific terrorist phenomenon is new. A newly published Policy Review takes stock of the available scientific knowledge on this new form of terrorism and suggest what more should be done to increase this knowledge.
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