Westminster Media Forum

Misinformation and disinformation online - public understanding, technology and options for policy

Morning, Tuesday, 7th May 2019

Central London


This timely conference will bring out latest thinking on key issues relating to the spread of misinformation and disinformation online - including the roles of business practice, education and policy.

Planned sessions examine implications of proposals in the Government’s upcoming white paper on internet safety and online harms - as well as findings and recommendations from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee interim report into disinformation and ‘fake news’.

We expect discussion on the current state of online disinformation, looking at the latest trends in its content, distribution and dissemination, as well as its origination - including concerns around the instigation of disinformation campaigns by state actors.

Delegates will look at the current steps being taken to counter the spread of misleading information and material online, and the extent to which these measures are proving effective.

Further sessions will consider what further steps are required to overcome the key challenges and to develop effective countermeasures - including options for policy and regulation, education and public awareness, and potential technological solutions such as the use of AI to perform automated content scanning and takedown.

Guest of Honour

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS

Guest of Honour

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS


Carolyn Pepper

Partner, Reed Smith

Anna Belkina

Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of Communications, Marketing and Strategic Development, RT

Joy Hyvarinen

Head of Advocacy, Index on Censorship

Angie Pitt

Project Director, Guardian Foundation and Director, Newswise

Douglas McCabe

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Publishing and Tech, Enders Analysis

Benedict Pringle

Co-Founder, Coalition for Reform in Political Advertising