09. Nov 2021

Safeguarding Freedom - Balancing Rights

Public Digital Conference


Di, 9. November 2021, 12:30 Uhr

Safeguarding Freedom - Balancing Rights

We don’t want to leave our democracy vulnerable to disinformation. This is common sense throughout Europe. The revision of the Code of Practice on Disinformation and the proposed DSA are key pillars in the fight against disinformation on large platforms. At the same time we need to start promoting society’s resilience towards disinformation campaigns and invest in media literacy.

In order to protect our democracy it remains essential to balance freedom of expression with effective regulation. At our event “Safeguarding Freedom – Balancing Rights” we focused on regulatory and media literacy solutions.


Host: Isabelle Körner


12.30 pm
General Welcome

  • Hans H. Stein, Director, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union

12.35 pm
Opening Key Note

  • Vice-President Věra Jourová, European Commission

12.50 pm
Setting the Scene

  • Ben Scott, Executive Director, Reset.tech

A – Regulatory Solutions

1.05 pm
An expert opinion: Presentation of the legal study “Disinformation. Risks, Regulatory Gaps and Adequate Countermeasures.”

  • Wolfgang Schulz, Director, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)

1.30 pm
A practical approach: French law on the fight against the manipulation of information

  • Frédéric Bokobza, Deputy Director General, Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (France)

1.45 pm
15 Minutes Break

B – Media Literacy Solutions

2.00 pm    
“How to” media literacy project. Key findings of ERGA’s Action Group for Media Literacy.

  • Stephanie Comey, Senior Manager, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

2.15 pm   
The age of brochures is over. Media literacy meets the digital age.

  • Antje von Berg, Team Leader Media Literacy, Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia

C – Discussion

2.30 pm
What have we achieved? Where should we be going next?

  • Marisa Jimenez Martin, Director and Deputy Head of EU Affairs, Meta
  • Renate Nikolay, Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Jourová, European Commission
  • Tobias Schmid, Chair of ERGA and Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities

3.15 pm
Closing remarks

  • Heike Raab, State Secretary of Rhineland-Palatinate

Recording of the event