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Tackling disinformation around the world: a new policy report

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Tackling disinformation around the world: a new policy report

The Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford recently called 2018 a year of “techlash”, in the most recent edition of the Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions.

Politics, news media and the public were all seen rebelling against the omnipotence of Silicon Valley and increasingly demanded that tech giants be held accountable for their influence on democratic processes and their exploitation of private data to turn massive profits.

The report analyzes the regulatory response across the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and Oceania. The proposals are extremely fragmented: although the countries' shared objective is to fight the spread of disinformation, there is no unique regulatory solution and the results often raise serious concerns for freedom of expression.

However, it is possible to define at least two main trends. Some countries have criminalized the spread of disinformation by sanctioning users and/or social media platforms for failure to comply with domestic legislation. Others have chosen not to intervene in the information market, electing instead to further promote media literacy and forming task forces and working groups to analyze the risks.

It seems at any rate safe to say that democracies at all stages of development feel that disinformation threatens their systems, and it needs to be regulated.

Employees of WAN-IFRA member organisations can download the report free of charge as a membership benefit at this link.

Non-members can purchase the report by using the following link. Learn more about WAN-IFRA membership.

Non-profit organisations, advocacy groups and trade associations qualify for a discounted purchase price on the report. They should check the box marked "Library or Educational Institute" on the order form.


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Elena Perotti


2019-05-03 16:42

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The news publishing industry is experiencing transformation at an ever-growing pace, with new policy issues arising as the landscape changes.

We will be examining policy discussions that will define the news publishing environment of the future, the key topics being internet governance, privacy and copyright. Click here to learn more about our work.

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