Mapping the Information Environment in the Pacific Island Countries: Disruptors, Deficits, and Decisions

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This report provides a general map of the information environment of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). The focus of the report is on the information environment, that is, the aggregate of individuals, organizations, and systems that shape public opinion through the dissemination of news and information in the PICs. We map the general characteristics of the information environment in the region, highlighting trends that make the dissemination and consumption of information in the PICs particularly dynamic and identify three factors that contribute to the dynamism of the regional information environment: disruptors, deficits, and domestic decisions. Collectively, these factors also create new opportunities for foreign actors to influence or shape the domestic information space in the PICs. This report concludes with recommendations for traditional partners and the PICs to support the positive evolution of the information environment.