"It would be pleasant to think that democracies will always wake up to their threats – internal and external – and heal themselves in good time before it is too late. [...] Yet, it is not too late to find public policy solutions which can restore information technologies to their original role of facilitators of democracy rather than their undertakers. But the timeframe is closing and we need these solutions sooner rather than later.
This is why the present volume of expert analyses bringing together many academics arrives at just the right time. It aspires to deepen our understanding of the dangers of fake news and disinformation, but also charts well-informed and realistic ways ahead. To my mind, it is certainly one of the most comprehensive and useful studies of this topic to date and I recommend it to the general reader as much as to the policy-maker as a reliable guide and mentor."
– from the Foreword by Prof. Dr. Jamie Shea, Brussels School of Governance
"This book is motivated, to a large extent, by some recent troubling developments in public discourse, namely the developments in information and disinformation practices. From the beginning of history, various and diverse means or channels of communication have been used to inform, misinform (unintentionally) and disinform (deliberately). However, in recent decades, the emergence and development of new information and communications technologies (ICT), combined with the ever-increasing digitalisation and globalisation of almost every aspect of modern life, among others, have opened up new and uncharted avenues to that end. This book therefore focuses on disinformation practices occurring with the help of digital media as these practices bring to the fore profound negative ramifications for the functioning of a democratic polity."
– from the Introduction by the Editors
"This collection of original essays provides an expert guide to the new information ecosystem […] It is an extraordinarily useful contribution to scholarly and professional debate about the future of information and communications. […] By mapping and analysing how disinformation works and exploring opportunities for change, the book shines a light on the pathway back to respect for pluralism and fact-based communications upon which European and western democratic life depends."
– Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network
"'Fake news' has been plaguing more and more aspects of the contemporary world. This is a timely and thought-provoking piece on disinformation and digital media. Both the editors and the authors in this collection do not shy away from taking a critical perspective on this challenge or from developing concrete recommendations for restoring trust in the information we receive, and - in consequence - for restoring trust in democracy."
– Eva Kaili MEP, Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), European Parliament
Parts of this book have been made open access. We make chapters open access because they are particularly topical, or provide a useful introduction to the subject. They may be available for a limited time or indefinitely. Some books are entirely and permanently open access.
European Integration and Democracy is a double peer-reviewed book series dedicated to the analysis of the challenges to democracy posed by the process of European integration, using interdisciplinary (law, history, political science, etc.) and comparative perspectives. Each volume in the series is usually devoted to a single aspect of these challenges. The intended readership includes policy makers, legal practitioners, academics and advanced students interested in a critical analysis of the interaction between the European integration and the concept of democracy.
The series was launched in 2012 and is managed by the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies (CDDS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Białystok, Poland. The Centre is devoted to analytical, theoretical, prospective and comparative research on direct democracy, democratic deficit and the role of direct democracy in regional integration. Intersentia became the series’ publisher in 2014.
Editors-in-Chief: Elżbieta Kużelewska (University of Białystok, Poland) and Dariusz Kloza (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium).
Editorial board: Daniel Barnhizer (Michigan State University, United States of America), Tomas Berkmanas (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania), Filip Křepelka (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic), Erich Schweighofer (University of Vienna, Austria), Ryszard Skarzyński (University of Białystok, Poland) and Konstanty A. Wojtaszczyk (University of Warsaw, Poland).
The first two volumes in the series were published by Aspra-JR and can be downloaded in open access (click on the title):
- Kużelewska Elżbieta and Kloza Dariusz (eds.) (2012) The Challenges of Modern Democracy and European Integration. European Integration and Democracy Series, Vol. 1, Aspra, Warszawa, 249 pp.
- Kużelewska Elżbieta and Kloza Dariusz (eds.) (2013) Elections to the European Parliament as a Challenge for Democracy. European Integration and Democracy Series, Vol. 2, Aspra, Warszawa, 372 pp.