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Parliamentary questions
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30 November 2019
E-004134/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Monika Beňová
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Adapting education to the 21st century

The European Union and its citizens are currently experiencing the most prosperous period in the existence of humankind. In tandem with this prosperity, we have experienced technological advancements beyond our imagination. Social media, smartphones, hybrid laptops, tablets and smartwatches are all personal technologies that facilitate immersion in the digital world. With this immersion and our constant exposure to social media, adverts and general information streams, we need to improve people’s ability to effectively grasp and utilise the world of information. Without possessing the right tools of critical thinking and knowing how to engage with social media and algorithms on the web, many will fall into so-called self-reinforcing environments. This emphasises the beliefs and desires of the individuals concerned. For example, hate bubbles, where extremists have their online experience personalised in a way that reinforces their extremist views. New education and a revision of the curriculum Europe-wide is necessary.

What has the Commission done to shed light on how companies manipulate consumers and introduce transparency?

What has the Commission done to tackle the digital illiteracy that exists in relation to the functioning of these algorithms?

Is the Commission prepared to work with Member States to reform teaching methods in order to address the biggest challenges that face our society?

Original language of question: SK
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