Westminster Media Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Priorities for tackling fake news and improving media literacy

Morning, Tuesday, 8th February 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will address current progress in tackling fake news and disinformation, as well as the relationship between platforms, regulators and governments, defining parameters and accommodating free expression, and priorities for improving media literacy among businesses, younger people, and across the wider user base.

It will be a timely opportunity to consider priorities following the publication of the Draft Online Safety Bill earlier this year, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the prevalence of fake news online.

Delegates will also consider the Government’s Online Media Literacy Strategy and the measures included, looking at the likely impact they will have and whether more could be done to improve people’s ability to think critically about what they read online.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with a senior speaker from Ofcom as well as contributions from the BBC, Twitter, YouTube, the European Broadcasting Union, Logically, the London School of Economics, Parent Zone and the University of Exeter.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • identifying and tackling key and emerging trends in online misinformation
  • the role of platforms, government, and individuals in tackling fake news
  • how countermeasures are evolving and innovating
  • case studies on what works in tackling online misinformation
  • perspectives on the DCMS Online Media Literacy Strategy


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, and senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy both in the UK and internationally, together with media companies along with their suppliers and partners including digital and social media platforms, the technology and telecoms industries, educators and universities, local government representatives, digital marketing agencies and adtech companies, the wider business  community, data analytics, handling and protection companies, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, third sector bodies, investment and legal specialists, academics and commentators, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom


Vicki Shotbolt

CEO, Parent Zone

Dr Rebecca K. Helm

Senior Lecturer in Law and Director, Evidence-Based Justice Lab, University of Exeter

Iain Bundred

Head of Public Policy, UK and Ireland, YouTube

Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor of Social Psychology, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Katy Minshall

UK Head of Public Policy, Twitter

Lyric Jain

CEO, Logically

Liz Corbin

Deputy Media Director and Head of News, European Broadcasting Union

Rebecca Skippage

Disinformation Editor, BBC