Disinformation

The Issue

Disinformation, deliberately misleading and inaccurate information, undermines public’s ability to make informed decisions as much as the more frequently discussed practices of censorship and government and corporate secrecy.  Although forged documents, government propaganda, deceptive advertising and other forms of disinformation are not new, current information technologies make it much easier to deceive the public.

Why It Matters

When people are misled, they make decisions that can cause them personal harm, whether financially, physically or emotionally, and can seriously subvert democratic decision-making.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression examines the nature, use and effects of disinformation to influence public opinion and personal choice. It fosters public discussion and education regarding information literacy and ways to achieve a more effective regulatory system.

Resources

Report

Populism and Free Speech

By Jon Thompson

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick

July 11, 2019

News

NEW CFE PUBLICATION – “Populism and Free Speech” BY JON THOMPSON

The Centre for Free Expression is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Occasional Paper Series, “Populism and Free Speech” by Jon Thompson. The paper explores the contradictory history of populism -- at times a force for social justice and at other times  to undermine democratic rights of marginalized groups. Thompson  argues that progressive populist action is required to successfully deal with the existential challenges of nuclear war, climate change and chemical pollution. 

News

Latest CFE Publication – “The Poverty of Economism: Disinformation and the Misuse of Social Science” by Jon Thompson

Toronto: Today the Centre for Free Expression published Jon Thompson’s, “The Poverty of Economism: Disinformation and the Misuse of Social Science.” Thompson argues that a major source of disinformation worldwide is based on use and misuse of the social science of economics.

Report

The Poverty of Economism: Disinformation and the Misuse of Social Science

By Jon Thompson

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick

October 24, 2018

Blog Post

Disinformation by Quantification

We are seeing a rapid expansion of the use of metrics (quantitative methods) for assessing performance and directing behaviour of states and public institutions.

By Jon Thompson