Our report on current policies and regulatory frameworks for social media and content convergence: information disorder, human rights and regulatory implications, provides a comprehensive insight into regulatory and governance initiatives addressing the human rights concerns related to information disorder in social media and a better understanding of the regulatory and governance implications, including their potential impact on the fragmentation of the single market.
We analysed a varied range of information governance initiatives covering different issues related to information disorder. The results show that most of the initiatives currently active are of a national type, indicating a serious lack of trans-border collaboration and impact. One important insight is that most of the activities are being performed by non-governmental or civil society actors, while there is a lack of initiatives involving the industry. In addition, digital rights advocacy and gender issues are largely unrepresented among the stakeholders, to an extent that there is a complete lack of this aspect within the initiatives’ activities. Despite the importance of multi-stakeholder approaches, the share of one-stakeholder initiatives is significantly high and are the most representative of the governance models currently existing in the examined countries. The lack of employing technology and the minimal technological and policy impact per se reveal an important space for improvements and innovation. Moreover, the lack of networking platforms for dissemination and collaboration purposes points to a clear direction to be taken for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the initiatives’ work.
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