Algorithm 'gatekeepers' undermine democracy and health | Montreal Gazette

Published: 10 August 2020

August 6, 2020 | Social media and other digital platforms have begun to overtake traditional journalism as our primary sources of information. The communications difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated how this trend will prove to have drastic consequences on the reliability of information in our democracies. Max Bell School Professor Taylor Owen co-authored this op-ed with Ben Scott, in which they look at how misinformation, disinformation, online hate, state propaganda and partisan news result from our current information ecosystem. Read on see what policies democratic governments will need to adopt in order to regulate our digital public sphere.

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