Problematizing the use of automated technologies to tackle disinformation online

In: International Affairs Forum

Use of technology has often been heralded as the silver bullet to deal with social problems online. Over time, technological solutions to moderate content have become more effective, but they also raise questions about who is the “judge” in determining what is legal/ illegal, and desirable/undesirable in society. Underlying their use is a difficult choice between different elements of law and technology, public and private solutions, with trade-offs between judicial decision-making, scalability, and impact on Internet users’ freedom of expression.