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Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy

Book | 1st edition 2020 | United Kingdom | Georgios Terzis, Dariusz Kloza, Elzbieta Kuzelewska, Daniel Trottier

"It would be pleasant to think that democracies will always wake up to their threats – internal and external – and heal themselves in good time before it is too late. [...] Yet, it is not too late to find public policy solutions which can restore information technologies to their original role of facilitators of democracy rather than their undertakers. But the timeframe is closing and we need these solutions sooner rather than later.

This is why the present volume of expert analyses bringing together many academics arrives at just the right time. It aspires to deepen our understanding of the dangers of fake news and disinformation, but also charts well-informed and realistic ways ahead. To my mind, it is certainly one of the most comprehensive and useful studies of this topic to date and I recommend it to the general reader as much as to the policy-maker as a reliable guide and mentor."

– from the Foreword by Prof. Dr. Jamie Shea, Brussels School of Governance

"This book is motivated, to a large extent, by some recent troubling developments in public discourse, namely the developments in information and disinformation practices. From the beginning of history, various and diverse means or channels of communication have been used to inform, misinform (unintentionally) and disinform (deliberately). However, in recent decades, the emergence and development of new information and communications technologies (ICT), combined with the ever-increasing digitalisation and globalisation of almost every aspect of modern life, among others, have opened up new and uncharted avenues to that end. This book therefore focuses on disinformation practices occurring with the help of digital media as these practices bring to the fore profound negative ramifications for the functioning of a democratic polity."

– from the Introduction by the Editors

"This collection of original essays provides an expert guide to the new information ecosystem […] It is an extraordinarily useful contribution to scholarly and professional debate about the future of information and communications. […] By mapping and analysing how disinformation works and exploring opportunities for change, the book shines a light on the pathway back to respect for pluralism and fact-based communications upon which European and western democratic life depends."

– Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network

"'Fake news' has been plaguing more and more aspects of the contemporary world. This is a timely and thought-provoking piece on disinformation and digital media. Both the editors and the authors in this collection do not shy away from taking a critical perspective on this challenge or from developing concrete recommendations for restoring trust in the information we receive, and - in consequence - for restoring trust in democracy."

– Eva Kaili MEP, Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), European Parliament

'Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy is a comprehensible and straightforward piece of work, which is definitely of interest for [...] anyone interested in better understanding how the digital media is intertwined with political power in the twenty-first century.'

- Olga Shumilo, Białostockie Studia Prawnicze

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EAN / ISSN 9781780689753 / 9781839700422
Series name European Integration and Democracy Series
Weight 690 g
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Number of pages lii + 388 p.
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Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jun 18, 2020
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  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
    Georgios Terzis, Dariusz Kloza, Elzbieta Kuzelewska, Daniel Trottier
  • Part I. Theoretical Approaches to and the Conceptualisation of Disinformation
  • 1. Should We be Afraid of Fake News?
    Vagelis Papakonstantinou
  • 2. From Misinformation to Modern Lügenpresse: The Redefinition of Fake News
    Michael S. Daubs
  • 3. Information and Disinformation and the Transformation of Modern Democracy: From Media Bias through the 'Echo Chamber' and the 'Filter Bubble' to Fake News
    Rafal Klepka
  • 4. (Dis)Information, Neoliberalism and the Strength of Democracy in the Digital Age
    Matteo Stocchetti
  • 5. Democracy and the Pre-Conditions of Communication
    Sid Lukkassen
  • 6. Post-Truth Discourses and their Limits: A Democratic Crisis?
    Johan Farkas, Jannick Shou
  • 7. Elite Theory, Media Regulation and 'Fake News'
    Daniel Barnhizer, Adam Candeub
  • Part II. Experience of Dealing with Disinformation
  • 8. True Story! Challenges to Democracy not Covered by the Media: Lessons from the (Non-)Coverage of the Greek Financial Crisis
    Georgios Terzis
  • 9. The Scourge of Fake News in Greece
    Anthanasios Sitistas
  • 10. Digital Disinformation in a Deeply Divided Society: Reflections from Northern Ireland
    Paul Reilly
  • 11. Disinformation and Fear Propaganda as Justification for the War on Terror During George W. Bush's Presidency
  • 12. Performance Analysis of Fact-Checking Organisations and Initiatives in Europe: A Critical Overview of Online Platforms Fighting Fake News
    Tanja Pavleska, Andrej Skolkay, Bissera Zankova, Nelson Ribeiro, Anja Bechmann
  • Part III. Solutions to Deal with Disinformation and their Critique
  • 13. Disinformation and Fake News in Current Jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court: An Unsolved Problem
    Monika Hanych, Marek Pivoda
  • 14. Fake News and Freedom of Expression and Information: The Legal Framework and Policy Actions at the EU Level to Address Online Disinformation
    Cristina Pauner
  • 15. Fighting Online Disinformation: Did the EU Code of Practice Forget about Freedom of Expression?
    Aleksandra Kuczerawy
  • 16. Regulating Internet Content with Technology: Analysis of Policy Initiatives Relevant to Illegal Content and Disinformation Online in the European Union
    Chris Marsden, Ian Brown
  • 17. The War against Fake News in the Digital Ageand the Weapons in Our Intellectual Arsenal
    Stamatios Archontis
  • 18. In the Name of Scientific Advancement: How to Assess What Constitutes 'Scientific Research' in the GDPR to Protect Data Subjects and Democracy
    Heidi Beate Bentzen
  • 19. Tackling Mis- and Disinformation in the Context of Scientific Uncertainty: The Ongoing Case of the COVID-19 'Infodemic' (Invited Contribution)
    Mihalis Kritikos