Mindless scrolling | How social media gets you and your kids hooked?

European Parliament, Brussels | room PHS 7C50 & LIVESTREAMED



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In the last decade, there has been an exponential increase in the use of social media and online platforms. The business models of these platforms are based on algorithms that contain elements capable of generating addictive behaviours on the internet.

Technological addictions (TAs) are a set of disorders that accompany the technological advances that define the digital era. This phenomenon is particularly worrying in the case of children and adolescents.

The aim of this event is to address this problem from a multidisciplinary perspective, involving EU institutions, academic experts and the online platforms themselves.

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10H00: Introduction by MEP Dragos Tudorache

10H05: Keynote intervention by Vera Jourova, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

10H20: Panel 1: roundtable discussion. Addictions to social media: How to combat them? Introduced and moderated by MEP Dragos Tudorache

  • Carlos Torrecilla Salinas, Head of Unit, JRC.T1 Digital Economy, European Centre on the Transparency of Algorithms
  • Liesbeth Allein, specialist in social media processing, natural language processing and fake news detection, KU Leuven
  • Oriol Esculíes, Representative from the association Proyecto Hombre, expert on technologies and addictions

Q&A session

11H00: Panel 2: roundtable discussion. The role of online platforms in tackling addictions. Introduced and moderated by MEP Susana Solís

  • Dr Nikki Soo, Harmful Content Subject Matter Expert, EU Public Policy, Tiktok
  • Nicole Lopez, Safety Policy Director, Youth, Meta
  • David Wheeldon, EMEA Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, YouTube

Q&A session

11H50: Concluding remarks by MEP Maite Pagazaurtundúa


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