Misinformation, Disinformation, Malinformation

Causes, Trends, and Their Influence on Democracy
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Disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation pollute the information space worldwide and the trend of manipulating facts continues to disrupt public communication and, consequently, democratic processes in societies. The aim of this paper is to investigate the phenomena of misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation, as well as their impact on the political sphere. In addition, the paper attempts to explain the harmful influence of misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation on public debates, democratic processes, and civil society engagement.

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August 2020
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Table of contents
  • Introduction

  • Historical origins of misinformation, disinformation and malinformation

  • Information disorder - key concepts and definitions

       - Fake news - definitions, motives, forms
       - Disinformation, misinformation and malinformation

  • Disortion of truth and manipulation of consent

  • Democracy at risk in post-truth society - how misinformation, disinformation and malinformation destroy demokratic values

  • Civil society and the global struggle with misinformation, disinformation and malinformation

  • Steps for preventing and fighting misinformation, disinformation and malinformation

  • Concluding remarks: is there an exit strategy at the global, regional, and local levels?

  • References

  • About the authors

  • Imprint

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