23 January 2020 08:14
Provenance researchers have participated in the development and launch of an online campaign pledge directed towards all Irish parties and candidates contesting the 2020 general election.
The Fair Play Pledge asks candidates to commit to four pledges for their online campaigns, such as financial fair play and campaigning honestly without spreading false information.
At a press conference in Dublin on the 23rd of January 2020, Culloty expressed concern at the “deeper and lasting damage” caused by the current state of online campaigning, which appears to be normalising racist and sexist attacks, the manipulation of material, and the spread of false information.
“It’s in that context that this pledge is really important,” she said. “Currently there are no rules for online [political] advertising and there’s this gaping hole here we’re trying to address.”
The Fair Play Pledge is endorsed by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Transparency International Ireland and the Dublin City University (DCU) Institute for Future Media and Journalism, FuJo. It is supported by political scientists Dr Theresa Reidy (University College Cork) and Prof David Farrell (University College Dublin), FuJo director Dr Jane Suiter, and Dr Eileen Culloty, who leads research on countering disinformation as part of the Horizon 2020 project Provenance.
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