“Generation Y, technology and our strive for success”

Posted on 07. September 2015 by Marsida Bandilli Two years ago I attended a lecture at the University of Liverpool on the differences between generations. To a certain degree every generation believes that the generation that came before theirs was too rigid and conservative, and consequently the generation that came after too wild and out of … Continue reading “Generation Y, technology and our strive for success”

Right to be forgotten: Privacy now in the “Pantheon”?

Posted on 17. October 2014 by Fiona Fritz “I know what you did last summer”. This statement marks the beginning of a series of horrible events in the 1997 horror movie of the same name. Although these events are (luckily) purely fictional, a lot of the things we do in our real lives (and not … Continue reading Right to be forgotten: Privacy now in the “Pantheon”?

Freedom vs Privacy

Posted on 08. October 2014 by Milan Balaban By the time you’ve finished reading this paragraph, approximately 3 billion internet users will have posted more than 48 hours of YouTube videos, 3600 Instagram photos and tens of thousands of Facebook articles. As we increasingly live out our lives in the digital world, the lines between freedom … Continue reading Freedom vs Privacy

New Social and Digital Media in the European Public Sphere

08. September 2014


Traditional media, such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television are often perceived as the stronghold of the older generations. Digital natives, born into the information age, are said to prefer online media. Does this divide reflect the European media landscape today? If we presume that an open and transparent exchange of ideas is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy – what does it say about the EU that this seems to be missing? On which arenas are European citizens most likely to engage in political debates? Can social media open up a new space for discussing the European Project?

In this position paper, FutureLab Europe participants discuss challenges and opportunities offered by social and digital media in creating a European public sphere.