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Regulating Fake News v. Protecting Free Expression: Building Healthy Information Ecosystems for the 21st Century

James R Silkenat, Kyung Sin Park, Sunny Park, Srirak Plipat, and David K Y Tang

Disinformation in the era of social media poses significant threats to society.  Recent years have seen fake news disrupt democratic processes, undermine public health, and fuel hate and violence in diverse contexts. At the same time, efforts to counter these threats by both social media platforms and regulatory authorities have had mixed results, in many cases compounding the problem with excessive restrictions that threaten important rights of free expression.  Asia has been a hub for both disinformation innovation and regulatory overreach.  As of December 2022, Asia had 119 imprisoned journalists, the most of any continent.  This session will feature a multi-stakeholder dialogue about these challenges, drawing on specific case studies to identify emerging standards and best practices. 

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.

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