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Labour – Political Party Conference 2019
The Fake Times: Fake News, Politics, Society and You!
A joint Big Innovation Centre and New Statesman fringe event
Labour Political Party Conference
Monday 23rd September, 17:00pm-18:30pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Preston room
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
Although fake news dominates the headlines, it’s increasingly difficult to work out what it actually means. Initially used to describe factually false information, it has become a way for people and politicians to dismiss negative news coverage. The media’s political coverage has rarely been completely impartial, but today’s toxicity is unprecedented.
Is social media to blame, do we all live in echo chambers and reject anything that contradicts our worldview – or is the epidemic of fake news an expression of something broader? How can we tell when something is true? Should there be penalties for publishing fake news?
- Anoosh Chakelian, Senior Writer, New Statesman
- Angela Eagle MP
- Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO of the Big Innovation Centre
- Will Hutton, political commentator
- Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy and Data Ethics, Gemserv