‘The Pope supports Trump’ and ‘Clinton has sold weapons to IS’ – both are examples of so-called ‘fake news’, misinformation, produced with the intention of misleading the audience, in order to achieve certain political or commercial gains. The phenomenon of fake news, and the turmoil it causes, illustrate how digital technologies have rewired the public sphere and how we struggle to keep up with that.
Digital technologies have created new opportunities in terms of, for instance, access to information and bottom-up agenda setting. At the same time, technological developments pose a serious challenge to democracy: recent elections have shown how trust and truth are under siege, when no third party is involved to filter, check or edit information.
In this meeting, the EFC’s European Democracy Network will discuss the phenomenon of fake news and explore how to secure trust and truth in a digitally mediated public sphere. The goal is to share initiatives and projects currently being implemented by foundations and brainstorm further ideas of how to combat misinformation and manipulation, and promote fact-based journalism among society.
For further information please contact Jennifer Fitzsimons via [email protected]