This event will host Professor Marshall van Alstyne who will present his research on fake news and on the potential solutions of the associated problems. A panel will discuss the routes of the fake news problem and how we can design an effective policy response.
Despite its long history, the recent controversy around misinformation and “fake news” has shown it to be a remarkably challenging problem. This talk will explore the precise nature of why fake news is so intractable and examine definitions in an effort to construct a more successful solution. Working from examples, it will show that the source of harm is not what most people believe it to be. Five existing solutions do not independently address the reasons that the parties most able to address the problem are insufficiently motivated to do so. We then use mechanism design principles to suggest new rules that platforms should use to manage their intellectual property. This shift in focus and governance suggests a novel solution.
This event will be livestreamed on this webpage at 13:30 CET. There is no need to register for the livestream.
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Marshall Van Alstyne, Professor, Boston University and Research Associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.
Deputy Head of Unit Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Senior economist and team leader for the Digital Economy research programme, European Commission, JRC
Professor, Boston University and Research Associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.
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