HKS Affiliated Authors

Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy


mathiasThe "A Right to Truth? Information, Communication, and Democracy in the 21st Century" workshop examined the nature of truth and its fundamental necessity in a world beset by misinformation and disinformation.

"When truth is defined as trustworthy information that people use to make important decisions about their lives, it is arguably as fundamental to human existence as air, water, food, and shelter. Yet, the pervasive global spread of misinformation and disinformation has resulted in falsehoods being passed off as truth and inconvenient facts being derided as fake news," writes Ralph Ranalli in the latest article from Harvard Kennedy School. "The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, in its first in-person conference since the beginning of the pandemic, recently convened a multidisciplinary cast of Kennedy School scholars, other Harvard faculty, and visiting scholars to offer different perspectives on the fundamental question of whether there is 'A Right to Truth?'"

Read the full article here.