As roughly half the world’s population prepares to vote in elections, a new OECD report offers the first baseline assessment of how OECD countries are upgrading their governance measures to support an environment where reliable information can thrive, prioritising freedom of expression and human rights, and sets out a policy framework for countries to address the global challenge of disinformation.
Facts not fakes: Tackling disinformation, strengthening information integrity emphasises the need for democracies to champion diverse, high-quality information spaces that support freedom of opinion and expression, along with policies that may be utilised to increase the degree of accountability and transparency of online platforms.
The report details specific risks, including the spread of disinformation during electoral periods, foreign information manipulation and interference campaigns, and the implications of generative artificial intelligence. Based in part on a survey of 23 OECD countries, the report includes case studies and provides recommendations on how governments can play a positive but not intrusive role in this area. It reveals that national strategies for tackling disinformation remain the exception rather than the rule….
As a key pillar of the OECD’s Reinforcing Democracy Initiative, the report presents a policy framework to strengthen information integrity that encourages action across societies, in three areas:
- Enhance the transparency, accountability, and plurality of information sources, including through a diverse and independent media sector as well as better functioning online platforms.
- Strengthen media literacy and critical thinking skills to enable citizens to recognise, combat and limit the spread of disinformation.
- Bolster strategic co-ordination, training, and technological infrastructure in government, as well as peer-learning and co-operation among governments to combat disinformation….