WATCH: “What is CITIZEN EDUCATION and why is it important?” | Nicoletta Pirozzi

What is citizenship education and what is its role in countering post-truth politics? What is the EU doing to promote citizenship education, and what instruments has it set up to identify and respond to disinformation? Finally, what is the role of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok in all of this?

In this TEPSA Explainer in collaboration with the RECLAIM Project, Nicoletta Pirozzi, Head of the EU, Politics and Institutions Programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, explains why citizen education matters in the ongoing fight against post-truth politics.

In a context where new technologies are arising every day, and where those new technologies can easily be exploited to spread harmful disinformation and misinformation, it is increasingly vital that we protect ourselves against this rising tide.

Quality of information is crucial to the functioning of liberal democracy, and as part of the Horizon-funded “Reclaiming Liberal Democracy in the Post-Factual Age” (RECLAIM) project, a consortium of pan-European analysts and experts are investigating the impact of post-truth politics on liberal democracy in recent years, and looking for ways to mitigate it.

Nicoletta Pirozzi is Head of Programme on European Union and Institutional Relations Manager at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She works mainly mainly on EU governance, policy and institutional developments in CFSP/CSDP, civilian crisis management, EU relations with the United Nations and the African Union.