ESVEI tackles structural issues that in recent years are increasing the vulnerability to external interference of democratic processes, taking Italy as a case study.

It aims at increasing awareness, initiating policy debates, and providing sensible, forward-looking policy recommendations in three domains that are central to democratic processes in modern societies, but that, due to inadequate regulations and poor practices, needlessly expose such processes to meddling:

social media and disinformation; 


transparency of funding and lobbying;   



Social media and disinformation

In depth

INTERVIEW Elections and public agenda: a story of a media synergy

Fazıla Mat | 2/7/2019

Social platforms and traditional media have equal weight in determining the public and electoral agenda, often acting in synergy manner. Sara Bentivegna, Professor of Communication Theories and Digital Media and Political Communication at the Sapienza University of Rome, explains


Interview Elections legitimacy in the age of digital dominance

Sofia Verza | 23/5/2019

Damian Tambini, professor at the London School of Economics, discusses with ESVEI the policy challenges posed by digital dominance for election legitimacy. Transparency, fairness and election monitoring in the age of “surveillance capitalism”. An interview

Elections at the time of social media, speakers' talks

Chiara Sighele, Rossella Vignola | 2/7/2019

We publish the detailed report of the speakers' talks at the policy workshop "Elections at the time of social media. European elections, disinformation, micro-targeting: what to do?", which took place last May 14th in Rome, within the project ESVEI promoted by OBC Transeuropa/ CCI

We need to regulate online political advertising

Redazione | 24/5/2019

A group of experts met to discuss some problems with online information spaces and to submit concrete proposals to political decision-makers.

If justice on online information becomes a private matter, we have all lost

Guido Scorza* | 16/5/2019

The information system is one of the most complex and delicate elements of a democracy. The only real remedy for disinformation is education to the critical spirit and the re-thinking of the media system. A comment by Guido Scorza

xxx The conditions for a pluralistic digital future: interoperability, transparency, and control over data

Giorgio Comai | 13/5/2019

A reflection on the necessary conditions to be not only "users", but also "citizens" of the digital spaces in which we live: owners of rights, owners of one's own personal data, free to choose which services to use, which suppliers to turn to, and free to know what criteria determine what appears on our screens

Rome, May 14th, 2019. Policy workshop: Election at the time of social media. European elections, disinformation and micro-targeting: which actions?

"Fake news" or disinformation is one of the most pressing issues of our times. Building on the materials of the Resource Centre on Press and Media Freedom in Europe, OBCT devoted its latest special dossier to this topic


A selection of podcasts
The debate in tweets

The project ESVEI is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa.