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Title: Understanding The Global Regulation of Hate Speech, Misinformation and Disinformation: Arguments for a UN Envoy to Disinformation
Author: Thompson, Perri Grace
Tutor: Due-Gundersen, Nicolai
Keywords: disinformation
social media
international law
Issue Date: Jan-2022
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Despite the growing concern of disinformation ecosystems, debates continue to neglect global opportunities to counter false information that is shared intentionally and unintentionally. While there is general agreement that specific false information threatens states, the majority of research is centred around domestic concerns or historic examples, as opposed to contemporary definitions. With growing interconnectivity, disinformation continues to spark debates in the regulation of false information, which means disinformation is generally unregulated. Some caution that disinformation regulation if too strict will deter stakeholders from transparently responding, while others say regulation should exist regardless. To respond to situations concerning international peace and security, the United Nations Secretary-General can appoint an envoy. The position creates a diplomatic representation that holds the ability to address multi-lateral issues. This research seeks to promote this diplomatic representation that would assist member states. By disputing definitions, highlighting challenges in determining disinformation within international law, and providing opportunities for actors this research will provide arguments for the appointment of an envoy.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/146776
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