Most of us consume it, and many of us use it. Even more of us are horrified at the trolls and their hate-filled, gratuitously nasty deposits all over the internet. And then there is the ongoing concern about what to do about minimizing the spread of incorrect and false information, aka fake news. What to do about it is another story. There are legitimate concerns about regulation impeding free speech. The Pew Research Centre canvassed four experts and published their analysis in an article entitled “The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online.” The participants were prompted by these four questions:
How do you expect social media and digital commentary will evolve in the coming decade?
Do you think we will see a widespread demand for technological systems or solutions that encourage more inclusive online interactions?
What do you think will happen to free speech?
What might be the consequences for anonymity and privacy?
Enjoy reading their answers.