Fact-based, trustworthy journalism is a cornerstone of our democracy.
Can you believe what you read, see and hear?
- How do we really know the difference between opinion, advertising, and accurate news?
- How will we fight state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda (deep fakes) in the future?
- If Facebook’s content policies don’t require a post to be true, how do we protect ourselves from ourselves?
- Is Facebook breaking our democracy?
How does a journalist report lies in a straightforward manner that doesn’t mislead and do a disservice to the readers/listeners of the news?
Buyer Beware of Fake News
The cybersecurity profession learned early on that there is no way to protect every single computer and mobile device in the world against cyber attack by simply using policies and computer algorithms. Usually the weakest link is the individual that knowingly or not, clicks on a bogus phishing email or advertisement.
The same is true for protecting oneself against against fake news. We should not lay this off on the federal and state governments to solve this problem alone. Protection against cyber meddling starts with each individual being fully aware and educated about the role and responsibilities of citizenship, and having good common sense and judgment about the news they read and the sources they follow. At a minimum, we need to concentrate on education of the news consumer as much as we need to concentrate on the technology to identify, filter and block fake news.
Besides, who should be the decider of what the truth is? I don’t think we want the government and/or the internet giants to unilaterally decide for us, but ultimately it must be up to each individual. We need to protect the media’s ability to collect and serve up factual news as best they can, but each individual should have an informed suspicion of what is fake or not.
- computer science & entrepreneurship: Hacker News
- deepfake: Deepfake Technology & the 2020 U.S. Elections by M. Adams
- enough is enough: Network
- fact checking: Trump, The Trust Project
- forums: Frontline Club
- information economy: Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
- investigative & commentary: Spotlight, ProPublica, On the Media
- self-determination: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Lanier
- slow journalism: Out of Eden Walk