Read this quarter’s Intermedia here



Share this


Major concerns have been raised over the impact of fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles. But how pervasive are these problems? What proportion of internet users are susceptible to such sources of disinformation? Based on a seven nation comparative survey of internet users, we have identified those most likely to be vulnerable to the different but related risks of fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles. Counter to widespread expectations, we find only a small proportion of internet users are likely to be at risk in these countries.


Amid the concern about the impact of fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles, WILLIAM DUTTON and LALEAH FERNANDEZ find there is not such a big problem – and a solution lies in ‘nudge’ theory.

Intermedia Issue:
Volume 46, Issue 04
Issue Date:
December 2018
Content: innovation, regulation and markets, Privacy, Safety, Security
William Dutton William Dutton Emeritus professor, University of Southern California Laleah Fernandez Laleah Fernandez Assistant Director of the Quello Center in the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University.

Volume 46, Issue 04 Features

EDITORIAL 31.12.2018 Marc Beishon
MANY MESSAGES FROM MEXICO 31.12.2018 Marc Beishon
FOLLOW THIS 31.12.2018 Stuart Cunningham
View All
Back to the top

The IIC is the world's only policy debating platform for the converged communications industry

We give innovators and regulators a forum in which to explore, debate and agree the best policies and regulatory frameworks for widest societal benefit.

Insight: Exchange: Influence

We give members a voice through conferences, symposiums and private meetings, as well as broad exposure of their differing viewpoints through articles, reports and interviews.

The new website will make it easier for you to gather fresh insights, exchange views with others and have a voice in the debate

Take a look Learn more about our updates
Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The International Institute of Communications website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.