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Cybercrime, “fake news” and election interference - Octopus Conference 2019

20/11/2019 - 22/11/2019

Council of Europe, Strasbourg – The Venice Commission was invited to participate in the Octopus Conference 2019: "Cooperation against Cybercrime" organised by the Council of Europe department in charge of the action against cybercrime.

The Venice Commission co-organised Workshop No. 5 dedicated to "Cybercrime, “fake news” and election interference", where several representatives intervened on behalf of the Commission.

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