29 % of people in Central Europe feel strongly affected by information disorders (mis/disinformation), according to a recent Ipsos survey. This only further confirms the importance of initiatives to curtail disinformation in this region.
Charles University, as the main coordinator of CEDMO, announced today a long-term partnership with Google in the presence of Ms Milena Kralickova, Rector of the University, Ms Annette Kroeber-Riel, Google’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy for Europe, Ms Tania le Moigne, Managing Director for Google CEE-Central, and Mr Vaclav Moravec, Lead Coordinator of CEDMO.
Our researchers will use the financial support to expand research on information disruption and the impact of AI applications in the digital media ecosystem, as well as to strengthen media and digital skills in the region.
The current core of the Charles University CEDMO research comprises three research teams, with two more in preparation. First of the three already functioning teams – CEDMO-Social Epidemiology and Health (SEH) unit analyses data related to epidemics-related disinformation, social and behavioural addictions, their links to demographic and educational aspects, online misuse in communication processes and ensuing vulnerabilities.
The second – CEDMO-Social Values and Attitudes (SVA) team analyses data related to societal cohesion, sociocultural attitudes, economic and demographic structures, and political preferences and interrelates them with data on (dis/mis-) information consumption and spread.
The third – CEDMO-Security (SEC) team analyses online digital propaganda with a particular focus on the Russian invasion of Ukraine (Telegram). It also investigates regional+ (V4-plus comparison) dynamics related to societal willingness to defend one´s country and ways to increase national resilience as part of NATO/EU.
The two teams in formation will be focusing on digital cartography and infographics/typographic design.