Hate Speech, Fake News & Social Media: Time for New Responsibilities or Moral Panic?

17 June 2019

15:15 - 20:00

Bird & Bird
12 New Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1JP

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to attend a thought provoking seminar, responding to the “Online Harms” White Paper recently published by the Home Office and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The event will mark the launch of the new Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Institute by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Bird & Bird are very pleased to be hosting the seminar for QMUL and we hope that you can join us.

Speakers and panellists include Lord Griffiths of Burry Port (House of Lords), Anisa Subedar (BBC), Paul Colpitts (Google), Gabrielle Guillemin (ARTICLE 19), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group), Professor Ian Brown (Expert Panel Member, Cybersecurity Centre, Oxford University); and Graham Smith and Bryony Hurst from Bird & Bird.

Panels will be chaired by, from QMUL, Professor Julia Hörnle, Professor Gavin Sutter and Professor Chris Reed.

The current Government has debated for a while how to tackle “harmful” content on social media sites. With the publication of the White Paper it has proposed a statutory duty of care on a wide variety of internet intermediaries to be interpreted and enforced by a new regulator with powers to fine, disrupt and order blocking. The scope of the government's proposals ranges widely, from social media to content sharing platforms, online games and messaging providers, to retail websites that allow user comments and reviews. The seminar will explore key issues raised in the White Paper.


Chatham House Rule will apply.

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The programme

15:15 - 15:45
Registration and refreshments

15:45 - 15:50

Welcome and introductions

15:50 - 16:05
Introducing the issues

16:05 - 17:00
Panel one:
How to define harmful content online and how to scope the statutory duty of care & the Codes of Practice

17:00 - 17:55
Panel two:
A new national regulatory framework in global media: conflicts of law, ethical standards and freedom of expression

17:55 - 18:50
Panel three:
The role of Artificial Intelligence in pro-active technology regulation: what can social media platforms do to minimise harmful content and what are the risks?

18:50 - 18:55

Closing remarks

18:55 - 20:00
Networking drinks

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