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

CFE Film Series 2019/2020 on Truth, Evidence, and Disinformation

The Centre for Free Expression, in conjunction with the Documentary Media Research Centre, is screening eight superb films dealing with truth, evidence, and disinformation.

Upcoming Event

CFE Film Series: Rashomon

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Past 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

Past Event

CFE Film Series: Control Room

Director: Jehane Noujaim

Past Event

CFE Film Series: The Thin Blue Line

Director: Errol Morris