Thursday, May 07, 2020

UK House of Lords Committee: livestream of #misinformation during the Covid-19 crisis

At at 10.30am UK time on Tuesday 12 May there will be a livestream of the House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies' first virtual public meeting on the impact of misinformation during the current Covid-19 crisis (and more broadly on democracy). The session will be held via Zoom and livestreamed at
Giving evidence will be Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards, Department of Education; Caroline Dineage MP, Minister for Digital and Culture, DCMS; Chloe Smith MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office.
"Questions the Committee will cover with the Ministers include: How Covid-19 has changed the way the Government approaches digital technologies? What positive action have the tech giants taken in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and what lessons can they take from that for the future? What the Covid-19 crisis has taught the Government about the relative levels of digital literacy amongst teaching staff and their ability to help young people engage safely online? How will the Government upskill teachers at this critical time? How soon the Government expects its Online Harms work to see fruition and whether the Online Harms Bill will be implemented before 2023. Whether the Government has considered appointing an online ombudsman to help individuals seek redress against technology companies? When the Government intends to respond to the Electoral Commission’s report on modernising electoral law to reflect developments in digital campaigning? Whether the Government believes that misinformation is more likely to occur in online political advertising than in offline print material and whether it has investigated the feasibility of the Electoral Commission creating a comprehensive database of online and offline election material?"
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hawthorn, May 2020

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