Balancing Act: Countering Digital Disinformation while respecting Freedom of Expression

25 November 2020

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, co-founded by UNESCO and ITU, has launched a comprehensive new study on one of the world's most difficult challenges: Balancing Act: Countering Digital Disinformation while respecting Freedom of Expression. The study is unique in its global scale and comprehensiveness, but it is also highly action-oriented, with a suite of sector-specific actionable recommendations and a 23-point framework to test disinformation responses. Executive Summary available here.

Targeted analyses and recommendations address the life cycle of online disinformation: from production to transmission, reception and reproduction. Readers will find chapter packages that are of special interest to:
  • Legislators and policy makers (counter disinformation campaigns, electoral-specific responses, the Freedom of Expression Assessment Framework)
  • Internet companies, producers and distributors (content curation, technical and algorithmic, advertisement policy, demonitisation responses)

  • Journalists, investigative researchers and fact checkers

  • Universities and applied and empirical researchers
  • Target audiences (educational, ethical and normative, empowerment and credibility labeling responses)
This research is available in Open Access under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC-BY SA 3.0 IGO) license. By using the content of this publication, the users accept to be bound by the terms of use of the UNESCO Open Access Repository. Published in 2020 by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France.ISBN 978-92-3-100403-2

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