The sharp rise in disinformation
Despite a rapidly evolving field for research and analysis of the various social, technological, and political dimensions of this problem, disinformation is still a relatively poorly understood phenomenon. More significantly, policy solutions that are effective at scale while also preserving open and free information ecosystems remain elusive.
Developing responses to disinformation
On 16 July 2020, the second phase of the project was kicked off with an online briefing and discussion among the 100+ experts that opens the floor to sourcing the priority questions for this domain. Between July and September, the bilinguals formulated and submitted their questions, ahead of a ranking and refining process that produced a set of final questions for public vote. Having clustered well over 100 individual questions received from the bilinguals through an iterative process, the final 10 questions have been put online for public voting until the end of March 2021 on the 100 Questions website: https://disinformation.the100questions.org/
Subsequent phases of the initiative will involve matching data to the selected questions and establishing data collaboratives that will work to find the answers.
The OECD Open Government Unit is developing new policy analysis in the field public communication and media ecosystems, by gathering evidence on the ways governments are responding to disinformation and using communication to increase citizens’ trust and participation. In this context, it is focusing on holistic approaches to combat disinformation that include actions on better communication, media literacy, or support for the media.