Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for tackling misinformation and disinformation online - policy options, public awareness, and developing countermeasures

Morning, Tuesday, 7th May 2019

Central London


This timely conference will examine key issues relating to the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, in the context of the Government’s upcoming White Paper on Internet Safety and Online Harms.

Delegates will assess implications of proposals in the White Paper - as well as findings and recommendations from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee final report into disinformation and ‘fake news’, which called for wide-ranging reform of laws governing digital advertising, social media and data.

There will be updates and 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.

The agenda also looks 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.

Also taking place in the context of the recent publication of the Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry, we expect further discussion on how best to achieve a sustainable footing for high-quality journalism in the UK for the long term.


Guest of Honour

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS

Guest of Honour

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS


Admiral the Rt Hon Lord West of Spithead


Steven Brill

Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, NewsGuard

Jonathan Heawood

Chief Executive Officer, IMPRESS

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

Ashley Hurst

Partner and International Head, Digital Business, Osborne Clarke

Christian Broughton

Editor, The Independent

Douglas McCabe

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

Benedict Pringle

Co-Founder, Coalition for Reform in Political Advertising