This timely conference will examine key issues relating to the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, following the recent publication of the Government’s White Paper on Online Harms.
Delegates will assess implications of proposals in the White Paper, including a statutory duty of care for online platforms towards their users, a requirement for platforms to employ dedicated fact-checkers, new codes of best practice and the new ‘RESIST’ toolkit announced by the Cabinet Office.
They will also consider 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.
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