March 11, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the “day everything changed” for many Americans, as fears about rising coronavirus cases prompted widespread disruption to everyday life. This same one-year period saw the rapid spread of online misinformation about everything from elections to infections, as the COVID-19 crisis transformed the digital landscape into a breeding ground of false speculation about masks, election results, vaccines, and more.
What can US policymakers and tech companies learn about the current realities and uncertain future of the online misinformation problem?
Today, the online misinformation crisis has never been more apparent. Over the past year, social media platforms have taken unprecedented action to label, slow, and stop the spread of false information. Despite these efforts, millions of Americans still hold false, and potentially dangerous, views about the efficacy of FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines and the results of the 2020 presidential election. The failed insurrection on Jan. 6 exemplified the real-world consequences of online misinformation converging with heightened polarization. After the digital disorder of this past year, what can US policymakers and tech companies learn about the current realities and uncertain future of the online misinformation problem?
Read the full article from Inkstick.
More from CNAS
CommentaryGeopolitics Keeps Overruling Cyber Norms, So What’s the Alternative?
Once governments accept the limits of political cyber norms, they can then adapt to the messier reality of cyberspace today....
By Laura G. Brent
VideoUS must take proactive steps to avert future 6G security issues
Martijn Rasser, senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), joins Government Matters to discus...
By Martijn Rasser
CommentarySecuring the Global Digital Economy Beyond the China Challenge
A revised route to digital modernization, premised on open participation, can not only offset the local costs of China’s cyber and influence power, but pave the way for an equ...
By Ainikki Riikonen
CommentaryCan America meet its next Sputnik moment?
A new Sputnik spirit today can power American technological competitiveness into the future....
By Megan Lamberth