This seminar brought out latest thinking on addressing the challenge of fake news - including options for policy - and examined implications for the news industry, the digital sector and society more widely.
It took place as the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee conducted its inquiry into fake news, examining its impact and underlying economics, and options for responding to the issues it raises; and followed 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 was also 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 discussed options for regulation and self-governance and next steps for industry and policy in developing public awareness and supporting greater media literacy. They also considered 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 assessed 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 and AI; and new revenue models to support evidence-based journalism.