February 2nd, 2021

A Flexible Model for Information Policy

I actually used Dr. Allen's work in a soon-to-be published chapter for a handbook on information policy. Her model for flow dynamics model provides an excellent foundation determining which sources NEED TO BE VETTED and holding those who have large audiences to a higher standard

Here is a short excerpt:

These three factors—volume, velocity, and viscosity—taken together provide a foundation for shaping an agile information policy for freedom of expression. Policy-makers who work, for example, at a social media company can consider various thresholds for number and frequency of posts, the number of followers, along with the number of ‘shares’ when considering if and when the company will apply various strategies to mitigate the spread of disinformation. For governments and other public entities, this would need to be a carefully considered process that balances individual’s right to freedom of expression with needs for accurate information in order to have a just society. In this case, Allen’s model
(2015) provides a useful heuristic for decision-making.

Allen, Danielle. S (2015) ‘Reconceiving public spheres: The flow dynamics model’, in Allen, Danielle S and Light, J. S. (eds) From voice to influence: understanding citizenship in a digital age. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, pp. 178–207.

Tags: Disinformation, Freedom of speech, Knowledge, Media, misinformation, Social media

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Hi Emily:

Thanks for joining our conversation. When you think about ways to balance an "individual’s right to freedom of expression with needs for accurate information," what ideas do you have for achieving that?

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