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Weekly News Digest

October 24, 2017 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Pew Looks at 'The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online'

Pew Research Center’s Internet & Tech division published “The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online,” which reports, “Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology.”

The findings are based on a summer 2017 survey of 1,116 technologists, scholars, practitioners, strategic thinkers, and others who were asked to respond to the following question:

In the next 10 years, will trusted methods emerge to block false narratives and allow the most accurate information to prevail in the overall information ecosystem? Or will the quality and veracity of information online deteriorate due to the spread of unreliable, sometimes even dangerous, socially destabilizing ideas?

Of the two answer options, 51% chose “The information environment will NOT improve,” and 49% chose “The information environment will improve.” The respondents then justified their answers.

Read more in the report’s summary.

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