Disinformation

The Issue

Disinformation, deliberately misleading and inaccurate information, undermines public’s ability to make informed decisions as much as the more frequently discussed practices of censorship and government and corporate secrecy.  Although forged documents, government propaganda, deceptive advertising and other forms of disinformation are not new, current information technologies make it much easier to deceive the public.

Why It Matters

When people are misled, they make decisions that can cause them personal harm, whether financially, physically or emotionally, and can seriously subvert democratic decision-making.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression examines the nature, use and effects of disinformation to influence public opinion and personal choice. It fosters public discussion and education regarding information literacy and ways to achieve a more effective regulatory system.

Resources

Upcoming Event

How is the public to know? When regulators lose sight of their public role

Panelists: Bruce Campbell, Linda McQuaig, Mark S. Winfield

Moderator: James L. Turk

Upcoming Event

CFE Film Series: Control Room

Director: Jehane Noujaim

Past Event

CFE Film Series: The Thin Blue Line

Director: Errol Morris

Report

Populism and Free Speech

By Jon Thompson

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick

July 11, 2019

News

NEW CFE PUBLICATION – “Populism and Free Speech” BY JON THOMPSON

The Centre for Free Expression is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Occasional Paper Series, “Populism and Free Speech” by Jon Thompson. The paper explores the contradictory history of populism -- at times a force for social justice and at other times  to undermine democratic rights of marginalized groups. Thompson  argues that progressive populist action is required to successfully deal with the existential challenges of nuclear war, climate change and chemical pollution.