Cultivating lies

One of the challenges of the information revolution are legally correct lies, disinformation and fake news.

legally correct lie

A published disinformation that is difficult or impossible to prove wrong because it does not contain any flagrant lie.

It is of course legally allowed to ignore certain aspects of reality when you publish something. If it would be a crime to publish incomplete information, nobody would dare to publish anything. The right to emphasize some chosen aspects of reality and to ignore certain others is part of our human rights.


False or misleading information that is spread deliberately to deceive.

fake news

A piece of news that looks reliable but actually is disinformation.

information revolution

The revolutionary economic, social and technological changes caused by advances in information technology.

Example of a legally correct lie: “Wing 101 is free to use for any purpose and does not require a license to run.” (download page of Wing IDE). No, it is not free to use for any purpose because its source code is not published under a free software license. It is free only as in free beer, not as in free speach. Don’t tell me that you have never heard about free software. The whole page deliberately ignores a part of reality.

Another example is Friday, March 26, 2021.