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In case of cyber violence, young people should turn to a trustworthy adult

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 8th of December 2022) Parents should teach their children about the limits of privacy in the physical and the online world, while at the same time, a solution should be provided to secure support for young people. These were the main conclusions from the debate in the...

“E-Society.mk”: The fight against disinformation requires transparent institutions, active media and civil society efforts

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 7th of December 2022) To minimize the negative effects of disinformation on democracy, we must jointly fight it. For that to happen, the institutions must be transparent and the media and the civil society must actively be checking and debunking disinformation. Media education on critical thinking...

“e-Society.mk”: Video surveillance can easily “delete” privacy

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 7th of December 2022) The video surveillance systems and the processing of biometric data have an enormous inherent risk of violating privacy, which is one of the human rights, and intrusion of the security services and the authorities in the private lives. That was the topic...

“e-Society.mk”: Where are the Balkans in the Digital Agenda?

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 6th of December 2022) The first panel discussion of the 18th international conference e-Society.mk, which started on the 6th of December, was devoted to the topic “Digital Agenda Observatory – Where is the Western Balkans now?” The EU Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans was adopted...

e-Society.mk annual conference opened, cyber resilience for freedom and security in focus

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 6th of December 2022) Metamorphosis Foundation for the 18th time organized the international e-Society.mk conference, which started on the 6th of December. The two-day conference in the Marriott hotel in Skopje with the motto “Cyber Resilience for Freedom and Security” started in a completely full room,...

The EFCSN Association presented in Brussels as an advocate and voice for fact-checkers in Europe

The European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) presented its Governance Body and newly-written Code of professional standards at a public event in Brussels on November 16 attended by representatives of EU institutions, digital media platforms and civil society. Over the past year, the EFCSN project has brought together nearly 50 fact-checking organisations from across Europe to write a Code of professional standards that organisations will...

The “Transparent Man” initiative of the Goethe Institut and the Metamorphosis Foundation began with the opening of an exhibition

The beginning of the “Transparent Man” initiative was marked today with the opening of the interactive exhibition “What the future wants” in “Public Room” in Skopje. The Goethe Institut Skopje in cooperation with the Metamorphosis Foundation implements this initiative, which aims to promote the media and information skills of the younger generation and their environment – parents, teachers, and...

In NMacedonia, state institutions without web sites and social networks presence, but with press officers “who are on vacation”

The levels of transparency and accountability of the state institutions in North Macedonia vary widely. Some of the state organs rank high on the list of accountable institutions, and are even among the best in the region, while others are at the bottom of the same list and almost unreachable for the citizens. Likewise, some of the institutions in North...

The institutions in North Macedonia still publish data in scan-to-PDF documents

If the personnel of the institutions had been trained to work with open data and about the process of publishing this data, as well as the advanced technical aspects thereof, then this knowledge has to be put into practice in their everyday work. This is the opinion of Professor Ivan Chorbev, a Dean at the Faculty of Computer Science...

European fact-checkers approve a Code of professional standards – Metamorphosis Foundation signatory from N. Macedonia

More than 40 fact-checking organisations across Europe have agreed upon a professional Code that defines the standards of methodology, ethics and transparency required to combat misinformation effectively and with integrity. The “European Code of Standards for Independent Fact-Checking Organisation”, which was published today, has been developed through a project involving fact-checking organisations from more than 30 countries across Europe. It...

Josifovska-Danilovska: Without a digital identity there is no continuation of the digital transformation of public services

Digital identity is very important to discuss in the digital age because without digital identity we will not be able to continue with the digital transformation of public services. Estonia’s road to digitalization is a good example to follow and master in the local circumstances of our countries. This was stated at the panel “Dialogues for the Digital Agenda:...

Meta.mk’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Blazhevski on young people’s emigration from North Macedonia: We have strategies, their implementation is lacking

We should do more in North Macedonia if we want to lower the number of young people that are fleeing the country. I think we don't have problems when it comes to creating strategies for solving this problem, but the implementation has been lacking, said Meta.mk's Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bojan Blazhevski, speaking at the "The economic migration and brain drain"...

Portalb.mk’s Editor-in-Chief Zylbeari: Fight against disinformation expands, we can counteract disinformation with coordinated actions

As fact-checkers, we have faced many attacks in our work, but that is our routine challenge. I wouldn't like to forecast how the war against the disinformation will end, I just see it as a hybrid war and it will step up. However, with coordinated actions, we can become more resilient. We can start engaging everyone in the society,...

People in North Macedonia aware about disinformation, but counteracting this evil requires great efforts

The main actors in the process of counteracting the effects of the disinformation should be the institutions that are tasked with the creation of media policies, but also the media outlets and the journalists. Still, a systematic approach, with participation of several other factors is essential, said researcher Gjorgji Mitrevski at "The Situations and Challenges Related to the Influence...

Metamorphosis Foundation conference: Disinformation can contribute to destabilization of North Macedonia

The disinformation is directed against our Euro-Atlantic orientation; in particular, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, North Macedonia is target of disinformation whose aim is to incite anti-Western sentiments among the citizens of North Macedonia and to promulgate hazy alternatives for the EU and NATO. Due to its potential to undermine the strategic orientation, the disinformation...

Young people in North Macedonia wait for appointment at psychologist’s office for two months

The primary and secondary school pupils, but also the undergraduate students in North Macedonia, should have access to free counseling centers, where they will be able to discuss their problems and talk freely about everything which is bothering them. This is the conclusion from the online debate that took place on the 27th of April 2022, organized by the...

Open Data Conference: The public interest prevails on the side of the right to information, as opposed to the right to privacy

The public interest establishes the balance between basic human rights and the freedom of expression/informing and privacy. If the public interest prevails over the private interest, then the data and information can be revealed regardless of if they represent a violation of the privacy of a certain individual or a group. This, among other issues, was stated during the...

Filip Stojanovski: 83% of people in North Macedonia see disinformation as problem for society

At the debate show Click Plus on TV 21 on the 10th of May, Filip Stojanovski of Metamorphosis Foundation, spoke on the raising of North Macedonia's general public awareness about the negative effects of disinformation. He stressed that according to the new public opinion polls, a large number of people consider the disinformation a serious problem for the society...

The Western Balkans will need unity and cooperation across society to overcome press freedom challenges

In times of war and global polarization the Western Balkans region is divided along the lines of current polarizing forces. Disinformation campaigns, hate speech, physical attacks, threats, low income, poor economic status, divisions, self-censorship and job insecurity are the main challenges that the regional independent media are facing. The World Press Freedom Day is the perfect opportunity to emphasize...

Debate: Pro-Russian narratives in North Macedonia’s media serve to cast doubt in country’s North Atlantic orientation

There are indications that part of the political party structures were created with Russian assistance as well, especially in the period when Gruevski's regime began to crumble i.e. when it was clear that it cannot stick around anymore. Starting from 2015, with the presentation of the audio "bombs" and the situation with the events in Kumanovo that...