This research proposal is submitted by an international research consortium in response to the UNESCO call for research proposals on behalf of the Working Group on Freedom of Expression and Addressing Disinformation.
The aim of this research is to produce a report on “Freedom of Expression and Addressing Disinformation on the Internet”, which, in line with the call requirements, will be of approximately 100 pages, plus references, and include a fivepage Executive Summary. The authors consent to the final document being published under a Creative
Commons license (CC BYNCSA 3.0). Overall, the research aims to: provide insight into the problems of broadband use in the light of its potential ability to encourage widespread dissemination of disinformation; investigate mechanisms for countering this problem while encouraging freedom of expression; highlight areas of importance and signal an agenda for future research; and
provide useful resources for stakeholders such as policymakers, educators, media and researchers.
This proposal was conceived and put together by an international consortium of worldleading experts on addressing
online disinformation and use of technology to protect and defend human rights. The proposers also bring a wealth
of experience in working with UNESCO, policy makers, governments, the major social platforms, and the First
Draft and Partnership on AI initiatives.