The objective of the project is to increase awareness of the latest technological discoveries among key stakeholders in the context of social media and convergence. The dissemination will be based on key areas that impact the convergence of social media. This includes scientific, political, cultural, legal, economic and technical areas, to name but a few.
This is particularly essential to provide knowledge support, but also stimulate an appropriate debate among the various stakeholders (the public, the researchers, scientific and other policy makers and regulators) on the desirable future policies and frameworks that are required and lacking in the state of the art concerning media and content convergence. Additionally, the project seeks to provide research on and experience-exchange of policy and regulation strategies. The aim is to support the R&D digital programs by spreading the innovative ideas and also the innovated outcomes in convergence. To achieve this, the project will offer analyses and road maps of related initiatives. In addition, extensive research on policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content will be developed, integrating crucial topics such as: the types of regulation that are possible, sensible, and currently implemented, joined with contextual analysis of the corresponding issues; court case study on the types of cases that are brought before domestic courts and their implications on fundamental rights, the ways in which domestic courts review interference with fundamental rights in the pursuit of public interests, and the impact of court decisions on national laws and policies concerning social media and convergence; and future trends and recommendations in the policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content convergence. All of the EU countries will be included, although the involvement of additional countries is not excluded.
WP1 Research agendas and roadmaps
The aim of this Work Package 1 is: To provide analysis and development of research agendas and roadmaps within Convergence and Social Media with the aim to raise awareness about findings and research trends, thus helping to integrate and promote research and its findings within EU and beyond. In addition, we will produce more specific Report on Media Regulators and Convergence within the EU 28 countries. This report will analyse major issues that media regulators face in converging the social media sector, thus helping them to deal more successfully with regulatory challenges.
Relevant topics (Digital identity, bots, microtargeting, immersive technologies, influencers)
WP2 Policies and Regulatory Frameworks
The main objective of this work package is to identify, analyse, make accessible of the national and regional policies and regulatory frameworks and judicial approaches on social media and content convergence and evaluate their alignment with the European ones. The work package is also intended to stimulate debate on the part of stakeholders and the general public and in that way, influence the development of future policies and regulation in the field of interest.
WP3 Pre-standardisation initiatives
The aim of this Work Package is: To provide information, analysis and development of pre-standardisation initiatives and stakeholders´ coordination within Convergence and Social Media in order to raise awareness and improve coordination among stakeholders in this area.
WP4 Stakeholder Seminars
To increase awareness of the latest technological developments among policy stakeholders, making researchers aware of the current and future policy and regulatory framework and monitoring the state of the art of the European Media and Content sector in a digital single market.
Symposium in Brussels, 21 October 2019.
Symposium in Bratislava, 21 February 2019.
- Preparations of Horizon Europe proposals in cooperation with Ukrainian organizations
- Online event: The Broken Internet Symposium, 21 December 2020
- Storytelling for Virtual Production: From Script to Headset Format
- Online: Immersive Technologies Symposium – VR & ZOOM, October 19-20
- Potential impacts of blockchain technology, Internet of Things, 5G and Artificial Intelligence