AMSTERDAM POLICY PRIZE - APP 2023
Click here to check out the winning policy proposals at APP 2023!
Established in 2021, the APP, the prestigious policy competition where student teams come together to compete against each other, was hosted again by the EUH Amsterdam this year 2023.
The days-long event was concluded with new friendships, enhancement of academic skills, and, of course, the top three best policy proposals on Safeguarding Democracy in the Digital Disinformation Age!
We would like to give a big heartfelt 'thank you' to all the volunteers, the APP committee, and the EUH board! Without their passion, dedication, and painstaking efforts, the APP would have not been such a smashing success! And a big 'thank you' to all those who participated. It is your enthusiasm that made APP memorable and worth continuing! So, THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN WITH US THROUGH THIS YEAR'S APP! See you next year!
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The Theme of APP 2023
The theme APP 2023 is ‘Safeguarding Democracy in the Digital Disinformation Age.’ The European Union has several policies in place related to democracy and disinformation. The European Democracy Action Plan, aiming to strengthen media freedom and counter disinformation, serves as an overarching policy framework. In addition to this action plan, the commission presented the European Media Freedom Act in September 2022, which seeks to bolster the independence and stable funding of public service media. The Guidance on Strengthening the Code of Practice on Disinformation was developed and presented in June 2022, to provide a framework for stakeholder dialogue, as well as transparency and accountability in these policies. These efforts build on the Action Plan on Disinformation, which was presented in December 2018. The action plan acknowledged the key role played by civil society and by social media companies and was created with the European Parliament elections of 2019 in mind. An international organisation to consider is NATO, for which disinformation and information warfare is decidedly important to the security of the alliance as a whole. Finally, last December the government of the Netherlands presented its new strategy for countering disinformation, aimed mostly at strengthening civil society and increasing bureaucrats’ resilience against fake news.
For the first time in the history of the APP, participants were given three policy options on which they could focus their proposals as a well to give them more freedom to pursue what they believed was the best policy route for the EU. The first track regarded "Curbing Social Media’s antidemocratic tendencies", the second "Restoring Trust in the Fourth Estate" and the last "Proposing a transatlantic grassroots initiative: education on disinformation". The participants could choose one of the three and use them as a base for their proposals.
THE GUEST EXPERTS OF APP 2023
DR. MENDEL GIEZEN
Dr. Mendel Giezen's research and teaching revolves around Sustainable Urban Development and Infrastructure. He works on Smart City Governance looking at how new technologies can be applied for urban environmental governance. He is the founder and coordinator of the Sustainable Cities Thematic Group of the Association of European Schools of Planning.
Imane Nadif is a councilor of GroenLinks and chairman of the Council Committee Care, Youth Care, and Sport. She wants to contribute to a greener and more sustainable Amsterdam. Furthermore, she is a member of the GroenLinks national party board (Landelijk partijbestuurslid) as the board member for diversity, inclusion and external relations.
Evert Verhagen is a Consultant at Creative Cities, moderator, speaker and project manager and an advisor on parks and public space. He is a senior project manager working for his companies Creative Cities and REUSE.
DR. BAS HISSINK MULLER
Dr. Bas Hissink Muller is a lecturer in urban planning. He teaches research methodology and urban development courses to bachelor and master students at the University of Amsterdam. His interests lay in the scientific studies on where planning and real estate meet in the development of our built environment.
ABOUT AMSTERDAM POLICY PRIZE
2021 - The first "APP"
On the Saturday 24th April and Saturday 1st May, we are hosting a prestigious policy competition where several student associations will come together to compete against each other. The policy competition aims to foster connections of student associations across Amsterdam and will allow for students to present their talents. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in public speaking and learn more about policy making, namely on the topic of the Doughnut Economic Model.
APP Ceremony 2022