It is clear that in this move political times, there are fake news trying to manipulate voters and their perceptions. This poses a threat to democracy and to freedom in most of the European countries. That’s the reason why, the European Commission has decided to work with Blockchain technology in order to stop spreading fake news.
European Commission Stops Fake News Using Blockchain
Blockchain technology can be used in many different fields, from speeding up the shipping industry to avoiding food intoxication. But the European Commission will be using distributed ledger technology in order to stop fake news spreading in the European continent.
The information has been released by the European Commission on April the 26th. The commission explains that disinformation erodes trust in institutions and harms democracies. People is now taking decisions based on misinformation; and that’s shown later in the votes.
The report presented by the commission reads as follows:
“Innovative technologies, such as blockchain, can help preserve the integrity of content, validate the reliability of information and/or its sources, enable transparency and traceability, and promote trust in news displayed on the Internet. This could be combined with the use of trustworthy electronic identification, authentication and verified pseudonyms.”
The Commission explains that they will be working with the Horizon 2020 Work Programme that supports research and development on technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence.
“The Commission will make full use of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme to support research activities on tools and technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain that can contribute to a better online space, increasing cybersecurity and trust in online services,” reads the fact sheet released by the EU Commission.
In this way, blockchain technology is being used for many different use cases. Real life poses several challenges and blockchain could be a very helpful tool to tackle them.
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