On 27 February 2018 at DG Connect, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, Brussels the European society start the biggest obituaries for accurately, coherent, and correct educational news. Fake news colloquium starts to collect proper opinions about the new form of war for people minds, a battle much dangerous than a battlefield one. Unfortunately, the participants preferred to shake their heads and show contempt, even the traditional media failed to survive, and all had graphics but nobody solutions.
At this moment I’m living in Nederland in a medium community with high-speed internet, free library with plenty of books, magazines, and newspapers. The elders are still coming to read, youngest elite searching, everybody speaks at least one foreign language and the faster trains connecting the cities. If you are living in a village but would like to spend a day in the middle of a university lecturer in 30 minutes, you have something available.
What should do Europe Commission with the rest of their more and more fragile Union? In my native town of Romania is one library for more than 200 thousand people with an old book deposit and more attractive for the municipality to organize the wine fair there. The train needs eight hours to travel to the next relevant university center (270 km) even the Commission is approving yearly more and more funds for infrastructure.
News instead are flying faster, instantly to all corners of the world. But how to avoid fake news from real one in unequal access? More than these countries like Russia, Turkey, or China start to like to interfere in others peaceful life, and they do not have anymore five years presidential when giving lifetime power to their leaders.
Is nice to live in a city with crocuses in the center, and waterfowl through waterways cover with daffodils. Soon these people will hate me just because I’m from the East part of the continent and some news websites or greed politicians tell them that I am so dangerous for their health. And DG Connect is much more preoccupied to charge commercial content from Americans companies than to find ingenious solutions to respond to this informational war. We, Europeans, are so politically correct in front of right extremist which already succeed in Germany, Austria, Italy or Greece. All in the name of free speech.
Etruscan civilization dyes also from too much believe in omens. Our civilization will disappear from the contraries. And because we accept so quickly in a laziness manner all kind of informational garbage from questionable sources.
Now let put our hope in the High-Level Group on the fake news which is starting to work for the Commission and that Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will find support for new ideas. And listen to the introductory word from Ms. Commissioner:
Do not forget this: big media (CNN, Reuters, BBC, etc.) took advantage of fake news under the click bite or exploiting subject perspective, entered with this form of lying in every home and now looking for public funds pretending of truth implementation. Also, what is happening with journalists and their invented stories (Der Spiegel case) after readers believed?