We are committed to build and give voice to pro-European resilient minds, so democratic values are protected. We are innovative by involving youtubers and young people from Central Europe and Germany. Disinformation is not a new way to sway people. New are the tools and the speed of reach with technology. But these tools can also be the solution. Resilience can be build, with the right approach, so young people and citizens can withstand the threats to our European democratic values.
On-site event in Bratislava, Slovakia
Online experiments in Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Hungary
The European values are vulnerable. External influence, Eurosceptic and nationalist rhetoric do not disappear with economic growth. They simmer dangerously with propaganda and disinformation being spread around (e.g. internal developments observed in Poland and Hungary). Action cannot be delayed.
In a year young people active online in Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Hungary will be more aware of and have tools to deal with the daily dangers to democracy that disinformation and propaganda bring. Young people will be able to voice their concerns and expectations. Resilient minds will be build.
Youtubers have strong voices/reach to young people. We will set up experiments with youtubers from 4 EU countries. They will initially misinform their followers on an important issue and later come clean. We will trace the ability to assess information and be responsible to yourself/society. After, we will host an “honest discussion” in Bratislava with young people from Central Europe and Germany about the threats to democracy that they observe daily. Last, running an awareness online campaign.
GLOBSEC is committed to protect pro-European values. Located in Central Europe we have a unique vantage point to what is happening in the region—post-communist and still lagging Western Europe. We want to ensure that the young CE democratic society is not only preserved but also further developed.
The main beneficiaries from our activities will be young people and citizens who are active in social media and speak Slovak, German, Polish and Hungarian languages. However, our reach is meant to be non-discriminatory—nobody is fully immune from disinformation.
We need support to strengthen our project activities, so the impact to be meaningful and multiplied. This includes material support, operational support and practical support from past experiences.