ASTANA ECONOMIC FORUM
May 18th
15:30 — 17:00
GVA Kazakhstan / MIC of the Republic Kazakhstan, SCC, Informburo /
Digital world
Panel discussion
FAKE NEWS, FACT CHECKING AND OTHER UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE POST-TRUTH ERA
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Internet search engines and social media companies have radically changed the information search process and the way that content providers deliver information to consumers. The free spread of information, the inefficiency of fact-checking tools, and the demonstration of “post-truth” politics have become a part of today’s information landscape. Among the unforeseen consequences of these technologies are increases in political and social polarisation, the spread of false information, the ignorance of facts in favour of emotional messaging, and a changed informational agenda in the media.
At the same time as media outlets are developing the new field of constructive journalism, government regulators are asking themselves whether these events can sabotage democratic processes and fuel extremism and social destabilisation, and if so, how they can fight it. Can constructive journalism help solve the problems of information warfare? Can fact-checking platforms and other technological and social solutions help transmit information reliably in the age of new digital media? What solutions can regulators propose?

Alexander Fleming
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