Heavenly AI Promises and Real-World Side Effects

CfEPS in the media Heavenly AI Promises and Real-World Side Effects At the forefront of Open AI’s latest “innovations,” an increase in disinformation seems inevitable. Current regulations and technical solutions often fall short. Jürgen Pfeffer of TU Munich and Matthias Pfeffer from the Council for European Public Space argue that AI companies must prove the…

Democracy over algocracy

CfEPS in the media Democracy over algocracy The threat to democracy looms large as a significant portion of the global population resides in non-free countries, and Big Tech companies increasingly control sectors critical for maintaining the fourth estate. Despite the European Union’s efforts to regulate AI comprehensively through the AI Act, the identification of AI…

“I don’t idealize solidarity.”

CfEPS in the media Interview: “I don’t idealize solidarity.” Matthias Pfeffer initiates a discussion with Barbara Prainsack on the concept of solidarity, focusing on its relevance in the era of digitalization and artificial intelligence. Prainsack reflects on Émile Durkheim’s distinction between mechanical and organic solidarity, highlighting how societal shifts impact individual relationships. She emphasizes the…

Roundtable: Power and counterpower in the internet

CfEPS in the media Roundtable: Power and counterpower in the internet Matthias Pfeffer and Paul Nemitz reflect on how the internet’s original ideals of empowerment and universal connectivity have been co-opted by corporations, leading to concerns about democracy and individual autonomy. Herbert Grönemeyer joins their conversation, raising questions about the erosion of community and creativity…

STOA: Technical feasibility study

Recommended Ressources STOA: Technical feasibility study for a European streaming platform Establishing a European digital public sphere where all European citizens can access current affairs would present a great opportunity. Existing platforms often lack democratic discourse and exacerbate polarization by promoting emotionally charged content. Securing European democracies relies on preserving freedom of expression and ensuring…

News platform for all of Europe

CfEPS in the media News platform for all of Europe Matthias Pfeffer discusses the mission of his Council of European Public Space, aiming to create an open, fair, and secure European public sphere. He defines a “secure public space” as one protected from misinformation, hate speech, and other online offenses that remain prevalent. Identifying deficiencies…

Instead of TikTok & Co: A European media platform

CfEPS in the media Instead of TikTok & Co: A European media platform In 2024, Europe faces a crucial election amidst a growing concern for democracy: the distorted public sphere, where meaningful debates to let superior arguments prevail seem lost. The rise of so-called social media, long defining the new media reality, has transformed the…