Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for tackling fake news - impact, industry response and options for policy

Morning, Thursday, 26th April 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will bring out latest thinking on addressing the challenge of fake news - including options for policy - and examine implications for the news industry, the digital sector and society more widely.

It takes place as the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee conducts its inquiry into fake news, examining its impact and underlying economics, and options for responding to the issues it raises; and follows the launch of the Government’s review on the sustainability of the news media sector, focusing on the impact and role of digital platforms, and tackling ‘clickbait’.

It will also be an opportunity to engage with regulators and government officials, with the Government analysing responses to its consultation on the Internet Safety Strategy, focusing on transparency and the Government’s role in supporting safe internet use, and in light of plans to set up a ‘National Security Communications Unit’ to tackle fake news and disinformation.

Delegates will discuss options for regulation and self-governance and next steps for industry and policy in developing public awareness and supporting greater media literacy. They will also consider the degree to which fake news is affecting public trust in media organisations and political institutions, and the action that might be taken to resolve this.

Further sessions will assess latest strategies for tackling fake news distribution - including the use and potential limitations of fact-checkers; exploring opportunities presented by new technologies, such as blockchain; developing cross-sector collaboration and industry initiatives; and investment in evidence-based journalism.

Guest of Honour

Jimmy Wales

Co-founder, Wikipedia and Founder, Wikitribune

Guest of Honour

Jimmy Wales

Co-founder, Wikipedia and Founder, Wikitribune


Julie Elliott MP

House of Commons Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Lord Black of Brentwood

Executive Director, Telegraph Media Group


Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor of Social Psychology and Head, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Rebecca Stimson

Head of Public Policy, Facebook

Dorothy Byrne

Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Ian Murray

Executive Director, Society of Editors

Professor Richard Sambrook

Deputy Head, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Director, Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University

Mick Hume

Editor-at-large, Spiked

Kathryn Geels

Policy, Strategy & Research Lead (Creative Industries), Digital Catapult and Media Innovation Consultant

David Elms

UK Head of Media, KPMG

Daniel Bruce

Chief Executive Officer, Internews

David Engel

Partner, Addleshaw Goddard