Principles and dilemmas of information ethics with regard to the problem of disinformation



Year of publication 2019
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description At present, disinformation campaigns, which are mainly associated with so-called alternative internet media, are widely debated. It seems that a force solution to the disinformation problem consisting in forbidding or stigmatizing these media often conflicts with one of the pillars of Western democracy, – the right to freedom of speech –, as it potentially opens space for targeted censorship. Spreading of disinformation on the part of these media, on the other hand, restricts the right of users to information because they are offered as information something that, as a matter of fact, is not likely to be information. Is it possible to find such principles of information ethics, that effectively solve a possible collision between these rights without violating any of these rights, and can they be used to solve the problem associated with the problem of disinformation?
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