MediaNama invites you to apply for a curated #NAMApolicy open house discussion on ‘Fake News & Online Content Regulation’, at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, at 4 PM on the 21st of February 2018.

Please click here to apply.

At the recent IGF in Geneva, David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur for Free Speech and Expression said that “It’s an undeniable fact that when you talk about content, regulation is coming”. At the heart of this issue is the challenge that Fake News and its spread poses for democracies, and just as importantly, the impact that it might have on the protection for platforms as intermediaries, that have allowed them to scale in an unprecedented manner. We need to find solutions to Fake News to also help protect that large, connected platforms enable.

A little over a year ago, we held a fairly intense discussion on Fake News, looking into definitions, the impact on the democratic processes, understanding administrative challenges with managing with, and finding out the sources of Fake News, and then finding solutions to these issues. Do check: Videos/Coverage. We’ve also looked into how the spread of rumours leads to Internet Shutdowns, and the need for counter-speech from administration. Since then, though, the approach that platforms like Facebook are taking is to de-prioritise the dissemination of news, and thus can potentially also play censors.

This time, we want to focus more on solutions, and:

  • Articulation of issues: what are the types of Fake News, and what are the main problems with it? What are the types of impact that it has?
  • Measuring reach and extent of Fake News
  • The role that Media entities can play in addressing the challenge of Fake News.
  • The role of independent fact-checkers in addressing Fake News, and techniques for determining Fake News, Fact Checking business models
  • The role of platforms in reducing the distribution of Fake News, without it impacting news organisations; platforms and transparency
  • Potential legal and non legal ways of addressing Fake News
  • Governments and Fake News: challenges with identification of Fake News and enforcement issues

We’re looking at an audience of around 120-150 people across:

  • Media Owners
  • Online Platforms
  • Instant Messaging Applications
  • Fact-checkers
  • Reputation Management Firms
  • Government & Regulatory Executives
  • Members of Parliament
  • Policy Wonks & Think Tanks
  • Journalists

To attend, please click here to apply.

Please note: this is an invitation-only event and our discussions are participative in nature. In case you fit with our mandate for a curated audience, we’ll send you a confirmation by 16th of FebruaryYour contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.

To get a sense of the depth of the discussions at #NAMA events, do check the video highlights of our past discussions.

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