Misinformation and Technology: Rights and Regulation Across Borders
Global Constitutionalism: 2020
89 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2021
Date Written: November 17, 2020
The “virtual” public sphere has taken on unprecedented importance, exposing a variety of legal questions regarding the governance of the internet and its relationship to democracy and freedom of speech. This Chapter begins with reflections on the traditional public sphere and its evolution into a virtual phenomenon. Virality, interactivity, and zero marginal information costs have exacerbated traditional issues with fake news. The algorithmic distribution of information has distorted public deliberation. The interaction between national and international public spheres has never been so seamless, leading to unprecedented issues in the governance of national communication environments. The Chapter examines legislative and judicial responses to these new challenges.
Keywords: misinformation, freedom of speech, conflict of laws, social media
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