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Author Haciyakupoglu, Gulizar, author

Title Countering fake news : a survey of recent global initiatives / Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, Jennifer Yang Hui, V.S. Suguna, Dymples Leong, and Muhammad Faizal Bin Abdul Rahman
Published Singapore : S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (pages)
Series Policy report / S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
RSIS policy report
Contents Introduction. -- Legislating fake news: global case studies. -- Legislative proposals -- Accountable party: technology companies. -- Accountable party: individuals. -- New technological dynamics. -- Extraterritorial legal application. -- Non-legislative measures. -- Recommendations. -- Pre-emptive mesures. -- Collaborative engagements. -- Immediate measures. -- Long-term measures: media literacy and social norms. -- Legislating fake news: a silver bullet? -- Conclusion. -- Appendices
Summary Governments worldwide are taking various steps to counter the scourge of fake news, which may be driven by different motivations, but most onerous are those that serve as a tool for disinformation; i.e. to undermine national security. Key among these steps is the introduction of new legislation: New laws that are being proposed or have been passed would give governments more powers to hold technology companies (e.g., Facebook, Twitter and Google) and individuals accountable for the spread of fake news. Laws would also seek to counter the impact of automated social media accounts (bots). In response, technology companies have intensified efforts to defend themselves and are enhancing capabilities to detect and remove fake news At present, it is too early the gauge the impact of legislation. Legislation however would face certain challenges and thus should be complemented by a continuum of non-legislative measures including: Pre-emptive measures that are focused on an issue (i.e., elections) and supplemented by continuous collaborative engagements with the industry, non-governmental sector and regional fora; Immediate measures that comprise an agile crisis communications plan and fact-checking initiatives; and Long-term measures that strengthen social resilience through media literacy, inculcation of social norms on responsible information sharing, and defining the responsibilities of technology companies. Going forward, a multi-pronged strategy that comprises both legislation and non-legislative measures -- given that each have their challenges -- would form a more sustainable bulwark against fake news
Notes "March 2018"--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF cover page (RSIS, viewed March 11, 2018)
Subject Disinformation -- Prevention -- Law and legislation
Information warfare -- Prevention -- Law and legislation
Journalism -- Corrupt practices -- Prevention -- Law and legislation
Social media -- Political aspects
Social media -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Hui, Jennifer Yang, author
Leong, Dymples, author
Rahman, Muhammad Faizal Bin Abdul, author
Suguna, V. S., author
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, publisher