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.