Tuesday, December 7
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Light Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Phenomenon of Fake News and its Ramifications in the Digital Age
The immediate and international availability of information in the digital age allows those that spread falsehoods and misinformation to have a far-reaching impact. Fabricated stories posing as credible information is unlikely to go away. Even as awareness of fake news and its negative impact rises, the public remains ill-equipped to separate fact from fiction. This panel will examine fake news from an international perspective, particularly it how technology in the digital age allows its spread across country lines, and how to best identify and regulate against misinformation moving forward.
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Social Media’s Role in Delivering News
According to Pew Research Center, most Americans are highly concerned about the quality and fairness of news on social media platforms. 82% of US adults say social media companies treat some news organizations differently than others, and 88% say these companies favor news organizations that produce attention-grabbing, sensational articles. At the same time, getting news from social media sites is becoming an increasingly common experience. This panel will cover social media’s role as a platform for time-critical and quickly shareable information, and the impartiality and fairness of news delivered through social media.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Keynote luncheon address
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
State of Media in the Middle East and Gulf
Particularly after the Arab Spring, authoritarian elites in the Middle East have realized how media threatens their rule, and as such have repressed and persecuted media in the name of combatting misinformation and fake news. Armed conflicts, terrorism charges against journalists and media, and growing online surveillance and censorship, threaten the freedom and independence of journalists in the Middle East. The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 demonstrated the risks that journalists take in investigating and reporting on behalf of the public in the region. This panel will shed light on media repression in the Middle East and Gulf, and offer ways in which the US and EU might respond.
National Press Club, Washington D.C.