FP Virtual Dialogue: How to Stop Fake News
Information, speech and governance across digital public spheres
Foreign Policy, in partnership with Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, convened a solutions-oriented conversation about misinformation and its impacts on politics and society around the world.
While the internet has brought virtually unlimited access to information and an exchange of ideas to those who otherwise might not have it, the lack of editorial and fact-checking responsibility on many digital platforms has allowed misinformation and disinformation to rapidly proliferate. As COVID-19 spread around the world, so did false and misleading information about the virus. That “infodemic” accentuated not only the potential harmful consequences of fake news but also its impact on public trust in science, media and government. With a growing majority of people relying on the digital information space, governments, tech leaders and researchers are aiming to better understand the dynamics and manifestations of misinformation to help promote accuracy and accountability.
As lawmakers in the EU and U.S. are grappling with the thorny questions around how to best regulate tech platforms to fight fake news, our conversation examined emerging policy approaches as well as how tech platforms, journalists and academia can help build resilience against misleading and harmful content.
Watch this dynamic conversation featuring international experts on different sides of the issue to learn about solutions and explore the future of information, free speech and governance of our digital public spheres.
Join the conversation online using #How2StopFakeNews
Marwan M. Kraidy
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