Motion for a Resolution by

The Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE)

The United States’ inability to detect and disrupt the interferences in the 2016 presidential election was a demonstration of how new information technologies might affect our decision-making. How should the EU and its Member States work against information warfare and ensure the stability of our democracy?” 

Submitted by: Iona Lindsay (UK, Chairperson), Thea Tjolle (UK, Chairperson)

The European Youth Parliament,

  1. Conscious of EU’s increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks,
  2. Deeply disturbed by how cyber attacks have influenced European democracy, most notably in the UK, the Netherlands and Italy,
  3. Conscious that cyber attacks can be extremely difficult to trace and punish,
  4. Noting with regret the inefficient organisation of the EU’s Rapid Alert System,
  5. Acknowledging the importance of openly sourced and objective information in the proper functioning of a democracy,
  6. Alarmed by the cheap, rapid and widespread propagation of false information on social media,
  7. Acknowledging European law forbids European analysts from calling out or debunking propaganda involving fake news produced in European media,
  8. Anxious about the existence of internet bubbles created by ‘echo chamber’ algorithms that prevent user exposure to diverse content,
  9. Unnerved by the lack of meaningful cooperation between EU Member States, social media sites and other relevant actors to solve cyber security related problems;