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Joint Letter: Support for ECHR Grand Chamber Referral in Sinkova v. Ukraine

A joint letter from 22 organizations supporting freedom of expression, sent to support a Grand Chamber review of the ECHR’s Sinkova v. Ukraine ruling.

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The EU’s New Privacy Rules Are Only a First Step

While the new rules governing how large tech companies use people’s data are a step in the right direction, more must be done in order to rein in the excesses of “surveillance capitalism.”

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How Disinformation Spreads: Social Media’s Impact on Italy’s Elections

Alexandre Alaphilippe from EU DisinfoLab and fact-checker David Puente discuss how civil society cooperation helped monitor and counter online disinformation during the elections.

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Implementation of the EU–Moldova Association Agreement: Views from Civil Society

In the run-up to the next EU–Moldova Association Council in April, this discussion will provide an assessment of Moldova’s implementation of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

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Righting Carceral Feminism’s Wrongs in a #MeToo Era  

The #MeToo movement is beginning to address the wrongs of carceral feminism through a more democratized process. Panelists discuss potential opportunities and pitfalls in the search for justice.

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Counteracting Propaganda and Disinformation: Lessons from Ukraine

Drawing on Ukraine's experience, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels and the Open Society European Policy Institute discuss how to counter propaganda and disinformation.