Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy

Kużelewska, E., Terzis, G., Trottier, D. & Kloza, D. (Eds.) Disinformation and digital media as a challenge for democracy. European Integration and Democracy Series, Vol. 6. Cambridge: Intersentia.

"It would be pleasant to think that democracies will always wake up to their threats – internal and external – and heal themselves in good time before it is too late. [...] Yet, it is not too late to find public policy solutions which can restore information technologies to their original role of facilitators of democracy rather than their undertakers. But the timeframe is closing and we need these solutions sooner rather than later.

This is why the present volume of expert analyses bringing together many academics arrives at just the right time. It aspires to deepen our understanding of the dangers of fake news and disinformation, but also charts well-informed and realistic ways ahead. To my mind, it is certainly one of the most comprehensive and useful studies of this topic to date and I recommend it to the general reader as much as to the policy-maker as a reliable guide and mentor."

– from the Foreword by Prof. Dr. Jamie Shea, Brussels School of Governance

"This book is motivated, to a large extent, by some recent troubling developments in public discourse, namely the developments in information and disinformation practices. From the beginning of history, various and diverse means or channels of communication have been used to inform, misinform (unintentionally) and disinform (deliberately). However, in recent decades, the emergence and development of new information and communications technologies (ICT), combined with the ever-increasing digitalisation and globalisation of almost every aspect of modern life, among others, have opened up new and uncharted avenues to that end. This book therefore focuses on disinformation practices occurring with the help of digital media as these practices bring to the fore profound negative ramifications for the functioning of a democratic polity."

– from the Introduction by the Editors

"This collection of original essays provides an expert guide to the new information ecosystem […] It is an extraordinarily useful contribution to scholarly and professional debate about the future of information and communications. […] By mapping and analysing how disinformation works and exploring opportunities for change, the book shines a light on the pathway back to respect for pluralism and fact-based communications upon which European and western democratic life depends."

– Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network

"'Fake news' has been plaguing more and more aspects of the contemporary world. This is a timely and thought-provoking piece on disinformation and digital media. Both the editors and the authors in this collection do not shy away from taking a critical perspective on this challenge or from developing concrete recommendations for restoring trust in the information we receive, and - in consequence - for restoring trust in democracy." 

– Eva Kaili MEP, Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), European Parliament

'Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy is a comprehensible and straightforward piece of work, which is definitely of interest for [...] anyone interested in better understanding how the digital media is intertwined with political power in the twenty-first century.' 

- Olga Shumilo, Białostockie Studia Prawnicze