As part of its Reinforcing Democracy Initiative, the OECD is engaging policy makers through its Expert Group on Mis- and Disinformation to understand the implications of – and potential responses to – the challenges of mis- and disinformation. The third meeting of the Expert Group expands the discussion by exploring what has worked and what has not with the various policies already in place, as well as examining the regulatory questions and responses. The group will also discuss how civil society and business can work with governments to address the global threat posed by the spread of harmful and misleading content. This third meeting, organised in partnership with the Forum on Information and Democracy, the implementing entity of the International Partnership for Information and Democracy gathering 45 States, will close with a practical discussion of how the OECD and the Forum on I&D can support members and partners in moving this area of work forward.
March 21, 2022
12:00 - 13:20
Opening remarks & Session 1 – Going beyond existing policies and partnerships: Building resilience and preventing the harms posed by mis- and disinformation
The opening remarks will unpack the core challenges that mis- and disinformation present to democracy, and how the OECD Dis/Mis Hub will help inform effective governance responses and guide constructive engagement with civil society, academia and business to take serious action against mis- and disinformation.
Session 1 – Going beyond existing policies and partnerships: Building resilience and preventing the harms posed by mis- and disinformation
Public communication and media, information and civic literacy can help build resilience against the threat of disinformation, serving as an effective first line of action for public institutions. This session will reflect on the extent to which public communication, media and information literacy and other government initiatives can offset the negative impacts of disinformation, the limitations to these approaches, and lessons we can draw for governments to support and facilitate a whole-of-society approach to responding to this topic.
Session 2 – Emerging regulatory measures to address mis- and disinformation & Closing remarks: Next steps and OECD efforts to further data collection and analysis
Session 2 – Emerging regulatory measures to address mis- and disinformation
Reducing the harms caused by mis- and disinformation in the long term requires regulatory solutions that address economic, structural and technological responses. This session will reflect on the regulatory and other structural measures governments can leverage to facilitate algorithm transparency, content moderation, and a robust information ecosystem.
Closing remarks: Next steps and OECD efforts to further data collection and analysis
14:20 – 14:30
In the closing remarks, the OECD will discuss forthcoming efforts to help countries assess and reflect on the issues pertaining to this challenge and to identify specific actions focused on mitigating the spread of harmful and misleading content, including developing collaborations with the Forum on Information and Democracy.