This sets the ground for an exciting interdisciplinary research effort.
There are some immediate responses that we can undertake:
- A rigorous threat modelling and analysis of the traceability of end-to-end messaging issues.
- A set of AI-based techniques for detection of fake news and images.
⭐ The Computer Science department at Ashoka is already engaged in this work.
But there is also the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary research program on SOCIAL MEDIA REGULATION and FAKE NEWS:
What is the cost to society of having an unregulated social media environment? What are the costs and benefits of different regulatory approaches?
How do different communities respond to fake news? What is the experience of the end-user exposed to fake-news, and what kinds of regulation would best work in guarding them from misinformation?
🏛️ Political Science
How do we build systems of political neutrality into the government’s ability to regulate social media?
⚖️ Legal Theory
How should the IT Act be read in conjunction with the Supreme Court’s judgement on privacy, other constitutional rights, and the government’s mandate in national security?
How should we understand the tradeoff between individuals’ interest in free speech while exercising state authority to prevent hate speech and disinformation? When is regulation compatible with advancing democratic values?
What kind of mechanisms might allow the government to effectively regulate social media? What kinds of changes should social media companies make in order to be less vulnerable to viral fake news? What are the risks of making these changes?