Sydney researchers fight misinformation with a global database

By AdNews | 18 April 2024
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Researchers from University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney have developed an online database to track policies and regulations from 50 countries dealing with misinformation, AI regulation, online harms, cybersecurity and digital identity.

The International Digital Policy Observatory (IDPO), to be launched next week, is an open-source and freely accessible database to track developments in digital/internet regulation internationally.

It has been designed to provide access for all Australians to digital policies and industry insights from around the world to advance multistakeholder knowledge sharing and regulatory best practice.

 “With the Internet increasingly monopolised by a small number of tech giants, governments and community organisations need information and resources that provide countervailing power," said project leader Professor Terry Flew, from the University of Sydney.

"The IDPO is enabling infrastructure that policymakers and regulators can use to be aware of what is happening globally around key issues in the digital economy.”

The site will first provide comprehensive resources on misinformation, to coincide with the Draft Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation Bill before the federal parliament.  

Misinformation and disinformation both involve the spread of false or misleading information, but they differ in their intention. The key distinction lies in the intent behind the dissemination of false information: misinformation is spread inadvertently, while disinformation is spread deliberately for nefarious purposes.

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