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Information disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making

Information disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making (2017)

Claire Wardle, PhD & Hossein Derakhshan With research support from Anne Burns and Nic Dias

REF. 162317GBR
Type of document : Report
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Size : 3.18 MB
Language : English
Number of pages : 109

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Information disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making

Information disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making

Contemporary social technology means that we are witnessing something new: information pollution at a global scale. How do we begin to address information pollution?

This report provides a new framework for policy-makers, legislators, researchers, technologists and practitioners working on the theoretical and practical challenges related to mis-, dis- and mal-information — the three elements of information disorder. While the historical impact of rumours and fabricated content have been well documented, the complexity and scale of information pollution in our digitally-connected, increasingly polarised world presents an unprecedented challenge. There is an immediate need to work collaboratively on workable solutions and this report provides a framework for the different stakeholders involved in research, policy discussions, and technical innovations connected to this phenomenon of information disorder.

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Contemporary social technology means that we are witnessing something new: information pollution at a global scale. How do we begin to address information pollution?

This report provides a new framework for policy-makers, legislators, researchers, technologists and practitioners working on the theoretical and practical challenges related to mis-, dis- and mal-information — the three elements of information disorder. While the historical impact of rumours and fabricated content have been well documented, the complexity and scale of information pollution in our digitally-connected, increasingly polarised world presents an unprecedented challenge. There is an immediate need to work collaboratively on workable solutions and this report provides a framework for the different stakeholders involved in research, policy discussions, and technical innovations connected to this phenomenon of information disorder.

Author Biographies
Executive Summary
Introduction
Part 1: Conceptual Framework
     The Three Types of Information Disorder
     The Phases and Elements of Information Disorder
     The Three Phases of Information Disorder
     The Three Elements of Information Disorder
          1) The Agents: Who are they and what motivates them?
          2) The Messages: What format do they take?
          3) Interpreters: How do they make sense of the messages?
Part 2: Challenges of filter bubbles and echo chambers
Part 3: Attempts at solutions
Part 4: Future trends
Part 5: Conclusions
Part 6: Recommendations
Appendix: European Fact-checking and Debunking Initiatives
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