The winning essays

The essay contest was based on policy recommendations to address the issues presented, a challenge for students to come up with new solutions in order to combat the spread of disinformation.


What are the most successful measures for governments and/or platforms to tackle disinformation for your generation?


This essay was written by Oscar Julius Adserballe, a student from the Copenhagen Business School. The goal was above all to warn policymakers who try to solve the problem of misinformation through ad hoc measures such as platform regulation or media literacy. Drawing on his background and general experience with the internet, Oscar tried to understand the people of his generation who he believes are prone to misinformation and how governments can try to bridge the gap of mistrust that has developed. This propensity to misinformation does not stem from a lack of ability to discern between sources, but from a sense of alienation from the prevailing media and political institutions. To regain trust in media institutions, Oscar turns to the so-called "Nordic" model of journalism. In addition, a mandatory philosophy course during schooling can help 1) foster a more critical citizenship and provide an apolitical means of achieving the same goal as media literacy, and 2) assuage the anger that arises from "the tension of civilization". Ad hoc measures will only fuel the resentment of those who feel targeted as long as there is no common epistemological basis between those who impose the legislation and those who are targeted.


Would the implementation of identification requirements or Digital IDs help make the digital world more democratic?


This essay was written by Thejas Krishna Valluru, a student from the Copenhagen Business School. Thejas argues that the idea of implementing digital identifiers is a controversial topic: On the one hand, it can make it easier for governments and law enforcement to regulate the digital world and ensure political equality for all citizens. On the other hand, it requires large-scale digital tracking and data collection, which is a violation of privacy. A better solution might be "Web 3.0," which is more decentralized and uses blockchain technology to enhance security and give consumers power over their own data. Overall, implementing digital identifiers is an interesting suggestion, but it may not make the digital space more democratic and may have potentially devastating consequences in the event of a data breach.


Would the implementation of identification requirements or Digital IDs help make the digital world more democratic?


This essay was written by Badr Maimouni, a student from the Copenhagen Business School. This essay intended to bring a solution to tackle disinformation in this generation by suggesting a list of potential and effective policies and measures that governments and platforms could adopt. Legislation is a first and classic measure that would concern countries’ respective governments. Laws tackling disinformation should also be adopted unanimously on a larger international scale for a sharper effect, before being enforced on technology companies and platforms (Google, Meta, Twitter…) to ensure compliance. A second measure related to these technology firms arises, which is overseeing the content of social media, before detecting, verifying, and banning or deleting bots and fake accounts. However, implementing this measure requires tech companies to make some structural changes, mainly involving human management complementing algorithmic work to mitigate the latter Achilles’ heel. Finally, fact checking practices to evaluate the veracity of information, should be encouraged for a stronger immunity against disinformation.