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.
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.
Panelists: Bruce Campbell, Linda McQuaig, Mark S. Winfield
Moderator: James L. Turk
By Jon Thompson
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick
July 11, 2019
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.
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