Fake news

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Working paper

Policy responses to false and misleading digital content

This working paper examines the emerging risk of false and misleading digital content and the role media literacy can play in empowering children.
Report

Digital news report: Australia 2022

This report is part of a long-running international survey coordinated by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, an international research centre in the comparative study of journalism based at Oxford University. This year’s report contains positive signs for the Australian news industry.
Report

Winning the web: how Beijing exploits search results to shape views of Xinjiang and COVID-19

The Chinese government commands a robust communication machine, including traditional global media outlets available in dozens of languages, China’s so-called 'wolf warrior' diplomats, pro-government trolls, and paid social media influencers. To better understand how primed keywords can lead search engine users to state media, this...
Report

Informing the disinfo debate: a policy guide for protecting human rights

This report unpacks the main methods of manipulation that internet platforms engage in that harm fundamental rights and provides a set of policy recommendations addressed to lawmakers in the European Union.
Report

The edge of the infodemic: challenging misinformation in Aotearoa

This report provides insights from a nationally representative survey of 2,301 New Zealanders on a range of interconnecting issues relating to misinformation and how this may lead to real-world harms and a general loss of trust.
Report

Digital news report: Australia 2021

This report finds that the rapid increase in news consumption by Australians at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been maintained. The proportion of people paying for news has not increased, and interest in news has declined since 2020.
Policy report

The fake news crisis: lessons for Australia from the Asia-Pacific

Online misinformation is an extremely complex and multilayered problem that defies simple, one-size fits all solutions. This policy brief argues that effective mitigation can only be achieved through multi-pronged strategies involving collaboration and cooperation between governments, policy-makers, digital platforms and community-based organisations.
Briefing paper

Are 15-year-olds prepared to deal with fake news and misinformation?

Preserving democratic values and reinforcing trust in public institutions relies on having well-informed citizens. This paper argues that students must develop autonomous and advanced reading skills, that include the ability to navigate ambiguity, and triangulate and validate viewpoints.
Guide

Australian code of practice on disinformation and misinformation

This code of practice has been developed by the Digital Industry Group Inc. (DIGI), a non-profit industry association that advocates for the interests of the digital industry in Australia. DIGI members include Google, Facebook, Twitter and eBay. It is a response to a request from...
Report

COVID-19 disinformation and social media manipulation: pro-Russian vaccine politics drives new disinformation narratives

This latest report in the series on COVID-19 disinformation and social media manipulation investigates vaccine disinformation emerging – the day after Russia announced plans to mass-produce its own vaccine - from Eastern Ukraine’s pro-Russian media ecosystem.
Report

Disinformation as a wicked problem: why we need co-regulatory frameworks

Over the past few years, social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter, have received inordinate blame for many of society’s ills, particularly mis- and disinformation. This paper recommends the creation of government fusion cells for online problems, which would centralise expertise and decision-making and serve...
Policy report

Burnt by the digital sun

This report explores how liberal democracies are grappling with addressing threats in the information environment. In addition, it surveys how information operations are influencing modern, great power competition by generating civil discord and friction.
Report

COVID-19 disinformation and social media manipulation: automating influence on COVID-19

This report investigates a campaign of cross-platform inauthentic activity that relies on a high-degree of automation and is broadly in alignment with the political goal of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to denigrate the standing of the United States.
Report

COVID-19: Australian news and misinformation

This report is based on a national online survey of 2,196 Australians aged 18 and older, conducted between 18 and 22 April 2020. It examines how and where Australians are getting information about COVID-19, which sources they find trustworthy and what impact the intense news...
Report

The role of technology in online misinformation

Meddling in domestic elections is nothing new as a tool of foreign influence. The innovation of the 2016 presidential election, therefore, was not foreign interests or misinformation, but the technology used to promote those foreign interests and misinformation. This report outlines the way that advances...
Position paper

Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia: a position paper to guide code development

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released this position paper outlining its expectations for a voluntary code or codes of practice on misinformation and news quality to be developed by digital platforms.
Report

Digital news report: Australia 2020

The Digital News Report provides an annual snapshot of how Australians are consuming news in a digital media landscape. Now in its sixth year, the study provides in-depth analysis of news consumption and performance over time.
Report

Science disinformation in a time of pandemic

By drawing parallels to elections, climate change and the anti-vaccination movement, this report illustrates how disinformation about COVID-19 can pose significant risks for public health, social cohesion and collective trust.
Report

Like a virus: the coordinated spread of coronavirus disinformation

This research has identified coordinated networks of Pro-Trump and QAnon social media clusters at the centre of coordinated efforts to disseminate disinformation about COVID-19, particularly the conspiracy theory that China engineered the virus as a bioweapon.
Report

Lessons in resilience: Canada's digital media ecosystem and the 2019 election

Researchers, policy-makers and the public at large are paying more attention to the threats that disinformation and other forms of online media manipulation pose to democratic institutions and political life. Coming after a number of international elections where disinformation was a serious problem, the authors...