Westminster Media Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Tackling misinformation and disinformation online - policy options, public awareness, and developing countermeasures

May 2019

This timely conference examined key issues relating to the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, following the publication of the Government’s White Paper on Online Harms.

Delegates assessed 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 also considered 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.

The seminar included 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 looked 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 considered what further steps might be 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 publication of the Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry, the conference included further discussion on how best to achieve a sustainable footing for high-quality journalism in the UK for the long term.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates