The Truth is Powerful
Elon Law scholar named a Fellow at the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics
Professor Enrique Armijo A project by Professor Enrique Armijo will explore how the lies speakers provide in direct response to someone else’s lies – flooding the “marketplace of ideas” with knowingly bad information – can suppress free speech and harm underrepresented communities.
An Elon Law scholar has been named a Fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics where he intends to protect historically marginalized groups harmed when authorities reply to false information in public dialogue by spreading their own lies.
Professor Enrique Armijo’s work on what he has named The Counter-lies Project also aims to help platforms like Twitter and Facebook better protect underrepresented users by moderating content based on his theory of the way this type of lying can ultimately harm free expression.
“I have been writing, teaching, and thinking about these areas for a long time,” Armijo said. “This Fellowship will permit me to bring together several issues and arguments in a way that will assist IDDP’s stakeholders, policymakers, and others that follow its work and rely on it to make policy recommendations. It will also continue to inform the free-speech-related courses that I teach.”
The underpinnings of Armijo’s work emerge from the long-held notion that lies […]