Our work on foreign interference and disinformation
Reacting to the growing evidence of external interference and disinformation campaigns affecting European elections and public debates, the S&D Group has successfully managed to set up a special committee to shed light on these practices, which jeopardise European democracy and the EU project.
The special committee will analyse the situation across Europe and work on ambitious proposals to respond to foreign interference and manipulation. The threats include: large-scale disinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks aimed at undermining electoral infrastructure, hack-and-leak operations targeted at public figures, the use of online trolls/bots to spread ‘fake news’, political micro-targeting of vulnerable communities, and last but not least the illegal funding of political parties and foundations. In addition, the committee will look at how the EU regions depend on foreign technology infrastructure, which could be used to cut crucial supply and communication networks.