Working group on infodemicsDesign a policy framework
The Forum on Information and Democracy launches its inaugural working group. The Forum asks experts, academics and jurists all over the world to define a policy framework (set of recommendations) to respond to the infodemics through four structural challenges.
Call for contributions
The call for contributions concerns four main topics: meta regulation of content moderation, platforms’ design and reliability of information, rules for messaging systems exploiting the possibilities of the online public domain, and the transparency of structuring platforms with regard to their business models and algorithmic choices.
The contributions will enable the working group’s rapporteurs team to draw up recommendations for governments and digital platforms. This team is led by Delphine Halgand, Executive Director of The Signals Network and former Director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in North America.
This call for contributions is open until 30 September 2020. The names of those whose contributions are used will appear in the final report, if they so wish.
You can send your contribution to email@example.com.
The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Maria Ressa and Marietje Schaake.
Meta regulation of content moderation
To evolve from content regulation to meta regulation (regulation of the corporate actors that dictate the moderation rules), we need to develop a set of principles that platforms and social media will have to accept, in accordance with international standards of freedom of opinion and expression.
Platforms’ design and reliability of information
The pandemic has demonstrated the need to reverse the amplification of sensational content and rumour by promoting reliable news and information in a structural manner. Based on established criteria, mechanisms and policies to promote the authenticity, reliability and findability of content are to be determined.
Mixed private and public spaces on private messaging systems
The virality of fake news shared on messaging apps is reinforced by the use of groups that sometimes have thousands of members. It is important to define minimal rules for messaging apps that exploit the possibilities of the online public domain while complying with international standards on freedom of opinion and expression.
Transparency of digital platforms
Access to the qualitative and quantitative data of the leading digital platforms and access to their algorithms is a prerequisite for evaluating them. Transparency requirements must therefore be imposed on the platforms in order to be able to determine whether they are respecting their responsibilities in the aforementioned areas and, in general, with regard to their business models and algorithmic choices.
- June: launch of the working group on infodemics
- July: constitution of the Steering Committee and publication of the call for contributions
- July – August: processing of the contributions
- September – October: drafting of the recommendations
- November: presentation of the set of recommendations