Unraveling the Impact of Disinformation on Society
How can global insights on disinformation shape a resilient defense of society?
Due to the increasing digitization, Disinformation is having an increasingly significant impact on public discourse in the Netherlands. Disinformation can amplify or suppress opinions and contribute to magnifying differences within society. This can undermine democracy and disrupt the course of free and open elections. The scale of disinformation can vary widely, ranging from large-scale (inter)national campaigns to local cases.
What can we learn from developments in the field of disinformation abroad? It is crucial to gain insights into approaches and consequences elsewhere. By studying these experiences, we can better understand which measures can be effective and what consequences we need to anticipate in the Netherlands. Identifying causes and patterns in the emergence of disinformation can provide valuable knowledge to take preventive measures and strengthen societal resilience.
Herman Wasserman is Professor of Journalism and Chair of the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and worked as a journalist before starting an academic career.
Giancarlo Fiorella is the Director for Research and Training at Bellingcat. He has a PhD from the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, where his research focused on non-state actors and antigovernmental protests in Venezuela.
Moderator Donya Alinejad
Donya Alinejad is an Assistant Professor and media researcher at Utrecht University with a focus on digital media and a background in anthropology. She has studied the role of social media usage in people’s experiences of spatial mobility, community-formation, emotional care, and scientific knowledge communication.
Longread: Disinformation business
Read in advance? What are proven, effective tactics to fight disinformation on social media? Researchers at Utrecht University are still grappling with this question, but they warn many of the existing measures fail to address the number one motive that makes disinformation thrive in the first place: too often, lies are more profitable than the truth.