The International Observatory for Information and Democracy founded “within a year”

The announcement of the creation of this observatory intended to fight disinformation in the digital age was made this Saturday during the Paris Peace Forum.

The International Observatory of Information and Democracy, intended to combat disinformation in the digital age and supported by 43 states, should be established”within a yearher promoters announced at the Paris Peace Forum on Saturday, November 13.

The challenge is for states to have clear and shared assessments of the functioning of the digital space and its impact on democracy.stated Christophe Deloire, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which carries this initiative. It is about “resist technological forces used to weaken within democracies themselves and by despotic regimes” the first.

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The Observatory “will speak to the public, educate and awaken it”

A prefiguration group is tasked with devising this new setting. It is co-chaired by Shoshana Zuboff, the American Harvard scientist, specialist in “surveillance capitalism», and the Mexican Angel Gurria, former Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It notably includes Filipino journalist Maria Ressa who has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Observatory”will speak to the public, educate and wake them up“, to help governments in their “deliver knowledge from research“scientific, and promoting”international dialogueon these topics, Shoshana Zuboff pointed out. “We need an organization that looks at what’s happening within technology platforms, that doesn’t just belong to government, but that works in the public interestMs Ressa added, as the democracies, infected by the”lying virus“, goods “on the edge of an abyss“.

It’s a matter of setting up a real IPCC of information“Concluded French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, referring to the international group of experts that is a reference in the field of climate change.

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