MediaNama invites you to apply for a curated #NAMApolicy open house discussion on ‘Fake News, Rumors & Online Content Regulation’, at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, at 6:00 pm on the 22nd of February 2017, hosted in partnership with Mint.

Please click here to apply.

The apparent impact of Fake News on the US elections has brought its proliferation in India into sharp focus; the most recent example being the confusion that the spread of false information created during demonetization in India, with even news channels reporting some of it as real. To try and contain the spread of false information, a District Magistrate in Indore even issued orders under Section 144 to ban the spread of “misleading and objectionable” content. At the same time, the Delhi High Court has asked the government to consider bringing Instant Messaging Platforms, often a source of both news and fake news, under a regulatory framework.

At a time when millions of Indians are coming online each month, and the consumption of content is increasing rapidly, it’s important to examine how Fake News can impact democratic processes, and the challenges that countries and citizens face because of it. We also want to examine the impact that potential regulation may have on the distribution and consumption of content online in India, and implications for citizens, media owners, content creators and governments, as well as platforms from an intermediary liability perspective.

Most importantly, we want to explore how Fake News can be addressed without regulation.

The discussion will broadly cover the following issues:

01. The impact of Fake News on democratic processes
02. Legal status of online content regulation in India
03. Understanding administrative challenges with Fake News
04. Responsibility and accountability of online platforms for Fake News
05. Addressing challenges of identification of sources of Fake News
06. Potential legal and non-legal ways of addressing Fake News
07. Recommendations

The session will be followed by dinner

Note that this is a curated event, and meant only for those who are already working in this domain. Every attendee will be a participant in this discussion.

We’re looking at an audience of around 50 people across:

– Media Owners
– Online Platforms
– Instant Messaging applications
– Government and regulatory executives
– Members of Parliament
– Policy Wonks and Think Tanks
– Journalists

To attend, please click here to apply.

In case you fit with our mandate for a curated audience, we’ll send you a confirmed invite. Your contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.

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