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  • European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO)

EDMO is an EU project that aims at creating and supporting the work of an independent multidisciplinary community capable of contributing to a deeper understanding of the disinformation phenomenon and to increase societal resilience to it. The project consortium is made up of four partners including DATALAB.

DATALAB’s work in the project is centralised in Task 4 that includes four main elements: the mapping of relevant academic activities in the EU, the identification of relevant academic institutions and organisations in the EU, the creation of a repository of relevant scientific articles, and taking part in a task-force centered around the war in Ukraine.

Presentations from ECREA Postconference: Digital media and information disorders

Digital media and information disorders: Theorizing and investigating influence operations, impact and contextual factors

During the pandemic we have experienced a hitherto unprecedented international focus on digital information disorders such as misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories both in policies and scientific contributions across research fields. With among others Lazarsfeld and Merton’s (1948) work on propaganda, communication studies have a strong tradition in theorizing and methodologically operationalizing empirical studies on how mediated propaganda affects user behavior and attitudes with central notions such as influentials and opinion leaders. The notion of ‘limited effect’ has sparked a renewed heated debate on whether this transfers into weak/no effect or under what limited contextual conditions new forms of digital propaganda might actually have quite powerful effects. Digital media affects the distinction between mediated and unmediated life and collapses them into an ‘onlife’ that provides new theoretical and empirical contexts for effect and influence studies. Recent studies on digital social media influence have pointed to contextual (e.g. platform) factors to be central for the operationalization of communication-style influence (Malhotra & Galletta, 2003; Gruzd & Wellmann, 2014; Goggin & Petakovic, 2014) measured on different levels such as network visibility, in and outgroup social cues, rhetorical and emotional persuasion, and inauthentic behavior such as strategic communication overload, flagging and boosting from e.g. bots, sock puppets, junk news and click farms (Bastos & Mercea, 2019; Howard, 2020). This post-conference invites scholars from around the world and different disciplines to bring forward research focusing on theories and/or empirical studies on digital information disorders e.g., its complex conceptual and contested nature, its contextual factors and associated influence operations, effects and impacts and potential prevention strategies such as digital literacy, fact checking operations and other counter propaganda strategies. We welcome contributions from a variety of topics such as Covid-19, Russian-Ukrainian war, climate change, anti vaxxer social movements etc. The post-conference will furthermore focus on nations and regions as contextual factors. 

The Consortium

Here follows a short description of the other partners of the EDMO Consortium:

Athens Technology Center

Athens Technology Centre (ATC) is a Greek Information Technology Company. ATC offers tech-expertise on fighting online disinformation. They coordinate the SOMA project; operating the European observatory against disinformation.

The European University Institute

EDMO is a partnership under the leadership of the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), which relies on the expertise of its School of Transnational Governance and Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.

Pagella Politica

Pagella Politica is the main Italian project dedicated to political fact-checking. The project has been active since 2012 with the aim of monitoring the statements of the main Italian politicians, in order to evaluate their veracity through numbers and facts.