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Conservative – Political Party Conference 2019

30th September 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Fake Times: Fake News, Politics, Society and You!

A Big Innovation Centre and Prospect fringe event

Conservative Political Party Conference
Monday 30th September, 17:30pm-19:00pm
Secure Zone, Central 6, Manchester Central

Download our Provocation Paper for the event – LINK to download 

Read the Second Edition of our Fake Times newspaper (Party Conference Special) here – Link to Download 

Event theme:

Fake news is a complicated challenge. It is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership.

But who is to blame, and what should be done about it?

  • Citizen participation: Journalists and the news-media engage in the pursuit of informing citizens – and now we inform each-other via Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.. to hold our leaders accountable and for making the democratic government of the people possible, and for sharing everyday stories.
  • Social media business models: The new business models of social-media tech-giants is one where the speed of sharing is more important than the depth of information. Spreading fake news can be an indirect effect of an innocent business model, or it can be intentional. Clickbait stories and headlines earn advertising revenue from this activity. This is very unproductive entrepreneurship and the worse innovation anything can think of.
  • Strategic propaganda and deep fake: Fake news as propaganda in the old Greece or old China or Russia worked, but didn’t travel far. But because of technology and the internet it can now go viral because of social networks and the internet. But it does not stop here. We now talk about Deep-Fake.  This is when a true highlight is converted into a realistic manipulated video or audio used to manipulate or fabricate another ‘truth’.
  • AI professionalism: Cambridge Analytica combined mining and data analysis with strategic communication for the US electoral process, and it was able to direct specific Fake News at a specifically targeted social group according to profiles traced through social networks such as Facebook.


  • Stephanie Boland, Head of Digital, Prospect Magazine


  • Damian Collins MP, Chair of the DCMS subcommittee on Disinformation, UK Government
  • Mr Giles Watling MP, Member of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, UK Government
  • Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO of the Big Innovation Centre
  • Tom Harwood, Journalist at Guido Fawkes, Political Commentator
  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, TechUK