We live in an age of information and one who has more information (read data) the more powerful they are.
We have seen riots, political upsets and wars based on misinformation in the recent past. The problem is that you don’t need a rocket launcher to fire misinformation. A 140 character message is sufficient.In this age of information, the content creators have a great role to play. The power of design is much more impactful than any time before in history. The way data is presented can change perceptions. A piece of information presented in a form that it looks authentic is good enough to make people believe things.
Designers need to evolve and verify the authenticity of the information that they are going to design.
This might mean lost clients, fewer projects and initial resistance but will also mean a better planet, fewer wars and more satisfaction.