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DRI Joins EU Code of Practice on Disinformation

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) has signed the Code of Practice on Disinformation, an instrument by which online platforms, advertising companies, fact-checkers, researchers and civil society organisations commit to establishing and implementing measures to combat online disinformation. DRI has joined as co-coordinators of the working group on elections, alongside Pagella Politica and GLOBSEC.  

 As a signatory, DRI joins regular meetings with civil society organisations, the major online platforms/ tech companies, and the European Commission. Through a permanent Taskforce and its associated working groups, members measure the implementation and impact of the measures adopted under the Code.  

The Code of Practice on Disinformation addresses key online policy areas such as transparency of political advertising, empowering users, enhancing the role of fact-checkers and providing researchers with better access to data. Its relevance will grow, as the Code of Practice is expected to become a Code of Conduct under the Digital Services Act the EU’s new, binding regulation in this field. 

As a civil society representative, DRI brings to the table technical capabilities in social media analysis and long-established networks with important actors in the field, such as the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and the emerging Civil Society Network on Elections (CiSNE). We also advocate for effective data access for research, an essential prerequisite for platforms’ accountability. Delve deeper into our experience by checking the links below: