CD2I and SMIT lead European Commission appointed hub on fact-checking and media literacy
The Action will focus on two countries at the centre of EU activity. It will investigate emerging disinformation campaigns relevant to politics in Belgium, its Dutch-speaking and French-speaking communities and Luxembourg, and has a local focus when conducting its impact studies research and building media literacy efforts. Complementary to the attention paid to national and community needs and given the central location of the hub, EDMO BELUX will monitor and disclose EU level disinformation campaigns. The network of experts thus will comprise not only Belgian and Luxembourgish, but also EU organisations working to combat disinformation. As disinformation campaigns rarely respect the boundaries of nations, this complement allows for a better understanding of underlying and common actors, vectors and tools of disinformation campaigns across the EU.
The Action seeks to demonstrate at a micro-scale that cross-geographical and linguistic collaboration is feasible, while remaining locally and culturally embedded. Only when national and multinational hubs support each other’s endeavors can disinformation campaigns across the European Union be efficiently and effectively detected and tackled. The by-design multilingual and multinational focus of EDMO BELUX will shine a light on how disinformation can travel and be countered across multiple communities, illustrating and complementing the work of the EDMO central hub.