Westminster Media Forum

Tackling misinformation and disinformation online - policy options, public awareness, and developing countermeasures

May 2019

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.

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