This article provides definitions of fake news, hate speech and propa-ganda, respectively. These phenomenon are corruptive of the epistemic norms, e.g. to tell the truth. It also elaborates on the right to freedom of communication and its relation both to censoring propaganda and to the role of epistemic institutions, such as a free and independent press and universities. Finally, it discusses the general problem of countering political propaganda in cyberspace and argues, firstly, that there is an important role for epistemic institutions in this regard and secondly, that social media platforms need to be redesigned since, as they stand and notwithstand-ing the benefits which they provide, they are a large part of the problem.
|Title of host publication||The ethics of cybersecurity|
|Editors||Markus Christen, Bert Gordijn, Michele Loi|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Miller, S. (2020). Freedom of political communication, propaganda and the role of epistemic institutions in cyber space. In M. Christen, B. Gordijn, & M. Loi (Eds.), The ethics of cybersecurity (pp. 227-243). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29053-5_11