Countering misinformation and disinformation in the crisis setting
Information pollution is affecting the citizens’ capacity to make informed decisions. Disinformation, misinformation, and mal-information together with the growth of hate speech and propaganda, especially online, are inciting social divisions and creating mistrust in public institutions. In the past decade, significant resources by international development partners have been invested in tackling this growing global phenomenon that is also negatively affecting social cohesion in the region. Through different and numerous examples of government-led and independent responses to information pollution, societies in the region are showing that they have recognized disinformation to be a serious threat to their countries’ social, political and economic stability.
To raise awareness and understanding of information pollution as an important contributory factor to the growing security threats and development challenges in the Europe and Central Asia region, UNDP's Istanbul Regional Hub in collaboration with UNDP's Oslo Governance Center prepared a regional mapping and analysis report which will inform coherent and effective responses by learning from best practices implemented by various actors.