The objective of the project is to increase awareness of the latest technological discoveries among key stakeholders in the context of social media and convergence. The dissemination will be based on key areas that impact the convergence of social media. This includes scientific, political, cultural, legal, economic and technical areas, to name but a few. This is particularly essential to provide knowledge support, but also stimulate an appropriate debate among the various stakeholders (the public, the researchers, scientific and other policy makers and regulators) on the desirable future policies and frameworks that are required and lacking in the state of the art concerning media and content convergence. Additionally, the project seeks to provide research on and experience-exchange of policy and regulation strategies. The aim is to support the R&D digital programs by spreading the innovative ideas and also the innovated outcomes in convergence. To achieve this, the project will offer analyses and road maps of related initiatives. In addition, extensive research on policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content will be developed, integrating crucial topics such as: the types of regulation that are possible, sensible, and currently implemented, joined with contextual analysis of the corresponding issues; court case study on the types of cases that are brought before domestic courts and their implications on fundamental rights, the ways in which domestic courts review interference with fundamental rights in the pursuit of public interests, and the impact of court decisions on national laws and policies concerning social media and convergence; and future trends and recommendations in the policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content convergence. All of the EU countries will be included, although the involvement of additional countries is not excluded (upon an agreed scheme of selection). The dissemination process of the proposal will be of a rather geographically widespread nature but focused only on specific groups or individuals, as media and content are by definition the resort of various types of stakeholders. Thus, the project will tackle both the public and the private sector, and with that the policy makers, the academies of science and the universities, but also indirectly the ordinary users (the public) and consumers of the benefits of ICT and the future participants in the creation of the novel trends in Media and Content. All of the obtained results will be compiled and classified by special compendia. The project is dedicated to offering comprehensive and up to date overviews/synthesis in the most logical way possible that would pave the way towards a balanced protection of the stakeholders’ fundamental rights versus responsive regulation schemes. These will also be distributed through press releases and other communication means of relevant seminars whereby all the contacted persons and institutions will receive the content of the deliverables to be covered.




Brussels (Belgium) 21 October 2019  Assesment of the measures taken to fight misinformation on social media ahead and during the European Parliament 2019 elections EDA Contact:
Dortmund (Germany) 24-25 October 2019 Overview of Global Regulatory Initiatives and Suggestions, Governmental Initiatives, New Regulatory Challenges. Collocated with joint conference of the section International and Intercultural Communication (DGPuK) and the network Media Structures **Inter/Transnational Media Policy and Regulation in Digital Environments: Debates, Strategies, Innovations Erich-Brost Institute   Contact: igor.danis7@gmail.coim
Sofia (Bulgaria)  11-12 November 2019 GDPR and social media: journalists‘ access to information and freedom of expression in converged environment Violence in and through the social media media: Policies, tools, regulation
The transposition of the AVMSD and VSPs regulation
M21F + BASSCOM Contact:  
Dublin (Ireland) November 6-7, 2019 AVMSD and VSPs, Ireland as key player in coordinating regulation of platforms. This event will be collocated with a major NGO-led social media regulation event.There is also an opportunity for us to address the International Grand Committee, that will be discussing Social Media regulation in Irish parliament and will be meeting in Dublin on the 7th of November NUI-INS   Contact:
Riga (Latvia) ? Propaganda/disinformation, multi-lingual media and social media regulation University of Latvia Contact:
Sheffield (UK) (tentative idea) ? ? University of Sheffield  
Lisbon (Portugal) 20 February 2020 Fake news, social media  and journalism Universidade Catolica Portuguesa Contact:
Kyiv (Ukraine) 12th March 2020  (TBC) Fake news and validation of information in social networks AEI Contact:
Aarhus  (Denmark) 11th-12th May 2020 Jointly with a national internet festival called “Internet Week Denmark” Fake news and hate speech IT FORUM Contact:
Opatija (Croatia) late spring 2020 On hold, in case of need PSD
Munich or Berlin (Germany)   27th-28th June 2020 Final Assessment of Key or Recent Regulatory Issues and Regulatory Solutions   SCM + AEI Contact: